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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 1, 2013






 
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 9:30 a.m. 

Yoga Awakening: Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Come join us to strengthen, stretch, restore and renew yourself! Yoga Awakening is a slow-to-moderate vinyasa flow class that blends elements of several yoga styles, with a focus on healthy posture, balanced strength, flexibility, and calming meditation/relaxation. Taught by instructor Kimberley Carl, who has 15+ years of experience. Yoga mat required, small fleece blanket, block and strap suggested. This is a free/donation-based class, with 100% of the proceeds donated to local and national charities.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO class on March 19 & 22.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Road. Donation. 734-761-9320. wpcoffice@westpresa2.org westpresa2.org [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Art Open House: Allen Creek Preschool.

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Kids up to age 6, accompanied by a parent, are invited to work on arts and crafts projects.
10-11 a.m., Allen Creek Preschool, 2350 Miller. Free. 994-3382. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Quilting for a Cause: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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The Ann Arbor YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with an ongoing volunteer project: Quilting for a Cause. Learn to up-cycle t-shirts into blankets for local shelters. No sewing experience is necessary - there's lots to do without a needle - and if you want to learn to sew we can teach you. We will meet every Friday from 11am to 12:30pm.
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [map]
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 11:10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Drop-in and Draw: Fridays in the Gallery": UMMA/Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Mar. 1 & 8. All invited to make drawings inspired by works in the museum. Art Center instructor Lea Bult is on hand to offer guidance.
11:10 a.m.-1 p.m., check-in at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. $10 (includes materials). 764-0395. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri., Feb. 15-Mar. 22. Concerts by AGO members and their students.

Feb. 15: Renate McLaughlin and Morgan Byrd.

Feb. 22: Glenn Tuckery and Joshua Boyd

Mar. 1: Kipp Cortez

Mar. 8: Tim Huth

Mar. 15 & 22: Performers TBA.

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Noon, First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion of slavery and freedom in Judaism and the Haggadah, a text for the Passover Seder that recounts the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Books at the Senior Center": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.

Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.

Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.

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1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 3, 6, & 9:15 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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 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids ages 12 & under, $6). 944-7790. [map]
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 5-7:30 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Fri. Feb. 15-Mar. 22. Homemade clam chowder, fried cod, baked tilapia, mac & cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, cole slaw, rolls with butter, homemade desserts, Girl Scout cookies, and beverages.
5-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $9 (seniros age 62 & over, $8; kids age 6-11, $5; kids age 5 & under, free). 769-2550. [map]
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 6:30-10:00pm 

Date Night!: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Retro-Cocktail Party menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Bacon-wrapped Scallops with Pineapple & Mirin Glaze; Cheddar Stout Fondue with Brussels, Cauliflower, Apples & Red Skins; Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms with Torched Gruyere; Spicy Adobo Shrimp Cocktail; Puff Pastry Cheese Straws, Bramble Gin Jelly Shots. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Creative Social Club: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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All invited to work on an art project. No experience necessary. Beverages and materials provided.

Jan. 4: Group painting project.

Feb. 1: Monotype prints.

Mar. 1: Japanese calligraphy.

Apr. 5: Jackson Pollock-style painting.

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7-9 p.m., AAAC, 117 W. Liberty. $35. Preregistration recommended at annarborartcenter.org/events or by phone. 994-8004, ext. 111. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Creative Social Club: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Looking for something artful to do on a Friday night? Creative Social Club is the answer! Once a month, we'll offer an evening of fun & creativity while you complete an engaging art project. No experience is necessary. Your $35 ticket includes instruction, all materials, and 2 beverages.
A new project every month. See our website for more details.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $35. kjones@annarborartcenter.org. kjones@annarborartcenter.org www.annarborartcenter.org [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Muskegon.

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7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 7-10:30 p.m. 

"12th Annual Rent Party": Jazzistry.

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Dancing to this local educational jazz history ensemble that's led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York. The program begins with a set by York's regular ensemble, The New York Force, which performs music from York's Detroit Music Award-winning 1990 album, Blending Forces. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
7-10:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroon, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $30 (students, $15) in advance, $40 at the door. 761-6024. [map]
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 7-10:30 p.m. 

"12th Annual Rent Party": Jazzistry.

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Dancing to this local educational jazz history ensemble that's led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York. The program begins with a set by York's regular ensemble, The New York Force, which performs music from York's Detroit Music Award-winning 1990 album, Blending Forces. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
7-10:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroon, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $30 (students, $15) in advance, $40 at the door. 761-6024. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Savage Land": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Film adaptation of Cao Yu's 1937 Expressionist play exploring the primitive passions, sexual deprivation, and defiant courage of life in a remote peasant community.
7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium B, 435 S. State. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 7-11 p.m. 

"Vintage Hollywood IV": Neutral Zone Fundraiser.

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A gala with performances by local teens and screenings of film shorts. Followed by a dance party with a DJ. Food & drinks. Red carpet attire. Note: This event usually sells out.
7-11 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35 in advance at neutral-zone.org or by phone; $40 at the door. 214-9995. [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. 

"World Peace: Practices of the Mystics": Center of Light.

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Most everyone wants peace in their hearts and in their minds. The secret desire of human hearts and souls is for there to be peace among peoples and nations. How can each one of us play a part in making this a reality? What spiritual practices actually make us transform into beings who live in peace and work toward peace in the world? Come join Mother Clare Watts as she describes the practices of the mystics that help bring peace on earth.
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. 

Kalamazoo College Jazz Band: First Baptist Church Ad Libitum Concert Series.

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Thomas G. Evans directs this talented college ensemble in a program of classic and contemporary jazz arrangements.
7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Free. 663-9376. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Mar. 1 & 22. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue (Mar. 1) and swing (Mar. 22) lessons ($5).
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 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. 

Edward the Second": New Theatre Project.

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Every Fri.-Sun. in March. Keith Paul Medelis directs this local company in the premiere of Jason Sebacher's adaptation of Edward II, Marlowe's tragic history play about a na´ve young king whose reign is sabotaged by his obsession with his banished lover.In this version, Edward is an incorrigible party boy, not ready for the call of adulthood, who crashes in his late father's basement with his disreputable boyfriend, pushing to the breaking point the patience of his ambitious wife. Stars John Denyer, Chris Jakob, Artun Kircali, and Andrew Papa. Adult language and themes; audience members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at thenewtheatreproject.org and at the door. Mar. 1-3 are pay-what-you-can previews. 645-9776. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Eilen Jewell: The Ark.

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Boston-based, Boise-bred young singer-songwriter who writes intimate personal songs, alternately playful and searching, in a style that blends classic country and western swing with a range of influences from Billie Holiday and Hank Williams to Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch. "Jewell's music has the languorous quietude of Welch or Norah Jones, but there is something more direct, almost in your face, about her stark, neotraditional melodies, subdued vocals, and confident, slow-swaying groove," says the Boston Globe. "Jewell's songs are achingly good, twanged-out elegies to a world of barbed wire, rusty trucks, and a frontier that no longer exists."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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. 

Scandinavian Music Concert: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Local fiddlers Brad Battey and Bruce Sagan perform Norwegian and Swedish tunes on various fiddles, including hardanger (Norwegian fiddle) and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle).
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 (members, $10). 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Caught: The Wide Open": Fifth House Ensemble (Concordia University).

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This Chicago-based ensemble presents a narrative concert featuring a mix of chamber works by classical and modern composers set to stories based on interviews with children and adults living in Chicago. Program: Caleb Burhans' Excelsior, John Zorn's The Temptations of St. Anthony, and Shostakovich's String Quartet no. 9. The group's mission is to give people a new context for listening to classical music. As 5HE collaborator Ezra Clayton Daniels puts it, "There's no celebrity-culture baby-mama drama to get people to listen to Brahms."
8 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [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. 

"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 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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