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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 2, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
734-426-4477
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The 282 Shame Duck Bills-How We Can Fight Back": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Panel discussion with state senator Rebekah Warren, state representative Jeff Irwin, and other local political representatives. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1744, 995-8962. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Intuition as a Spiritual Sense": Center of Light.

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What is really going on when you get that 'gut feeling'? Don't you wish you could harness it, understand it and access it regularly? In this seminar, Mother Clare Watts will teach you how to tune into that sense of yours to develop into a deeper and more connected human being.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Mar. 2 & 16. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All ages invited to bring knitting projects to work on. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($5.50; age 60 & over, $3; reservations required).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Mar. 30 program only is followed by a visit from Peter Rabbit.
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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 11:30 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. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 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.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-5:45 p.m. 

"Parsifal": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Francois Girard's new staging of Wagner's final opera, an adaptation of Wolfram von Eschenbach's 13th-century epic poem about the Arthurian knight and his quest for the Holy Grail. Stars Jonas Kaufman, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and Rene Pape. The broadcast is reprised on tape Mar. 20 & 21 (see listings).
Various times, Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Basic Knife Skills: Ann Arbor Cooks.

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**This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks**
Sharpen your cutlery and your knife skills! This hands-on class will cover how to sharpen and care for your knives, as well as proper use. In-class exercises will include practice of the fundamental cuts for vegetables and fruit -- mince, dice, brunoise, battonet, julienne, etc. -- as well as breaking down a whole chicken. Full participation. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $70. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Let's Celebrate Seuss": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to celebrate Read Across America Day by making a pop-up Cat in the Hat or other Dr. Seuss-based puppet.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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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, 5:30, & 8:30 p.m. 

"56 Up": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Apted & Paul Almond, 2012). Documentary about a group of British citizens who have been interviewed every 7 years since 1964, when they were all 7 years old.
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). michtheater.org. [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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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Mar. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
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 3, 6, & 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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 3-3:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Keeping the Traditions: Fun Folktales for Feisty Listeners": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff present a program of funny and wise old stories for kids in grades K-5 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
3-3:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion of The Warmth of the Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson's book that chronicles the Great Migration, the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities from 1915-1970.
4 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Winter Beach Blast": Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fundraiser.

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An indoor beach-themed party with live entertainment by Michigan comedian Bill Hildebrandt and 50 Amp Fuse, a popular Detroit band that plays 70s and 80s classic rock.
6:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $45 in advance at cfpartyforbreath.com and at the door. 429-3028. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

14th Annual Benefit Concert: Dance Alliance Repertory Company.

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Dance Alliance students perform ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and other dance styles.
7 p.m., Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $13 in advance at Dance Alliance (811 W. Michigan, Saline) & the Dancer's Boutique (2414 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor), and at the door. 429-9599. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

19th Annual Winter Hometown Concert: Saline Fiddlers.

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Bluegrass and high-energy American folk by this renowned touring student fiddle ensemble. Guest headliner is Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, a Salt Lake City bluegrass quintet led by fiddler Shupe, who describes the band as post-Hee Haw, funkadelic, hip-hop new grass and as "a mix between the Dave Matthews Band and Dixie Chicks, without the political agenda."
7 p.m., Saline Middle School Auditorium, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $15 & $20 in advance at salinefiddlers.com & by phone. (866) 257-5333. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-17 vs. Chicago.

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Mar. 2 & 3.
7 p.m. (Mar. 2) & 3:30 p.m. (Mar. 3), 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 p.m. 

"Louder Than a Bomb": The Neutral Zone.

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Poetry slam teams from across the state battle for a spot at the Michigan Youth Poetry Slam State Championships.
7 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $5 (students, $3). 214-9995. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.

Jan. 5: Drake Meadow calls to music by 'Twas Brillig & the Mazel Toves. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck and silent auction and at 7 p.m. by an hour of international dances.

Feb. 2: Peter Baker calls to live music by the Paul Winder Consort.

Mar. 2: callers and bands TBA.

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8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Chris Collins: Kerrytown Concert House Jazz Master Series.

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This veteran jazz saxophone player is joined by the local trio of pianist Tad Weed, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Sean Dobbins in a jazz performance and a conversation about Collins' career.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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 naïve 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. 

Howie Day: The Ark.

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26-year-old folk-rock singer-songwriter from Bangor, Maine, known for his emotionally direct lyrics, melodic inventiveness, and lively, passionate vocals.
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. 

"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.-midnight 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Mar. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango.
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 8 p.m. 

"Salsa Baroque": Ensemble Caprice (Academy of Early Music).

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This acclaimed Canadian early-music quintet performs 16th- and 17th-century music by South American composers, who, according to the ensemble's codirector, "fuse harmonies and rhythms of Europe and Africa, blended with Amerindian nuances and styles." The program also includes works by European Baroque composers who were influenced by Latin American styles. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program by members of the ensemble.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $20 (seniors, $17; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org & Nicola's Books (Westgate shopping center), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838.
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 8 p.m. 

"Thorstein the Staff-Struck": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Jacqui Robbins directs this new local theater company in a world-premiere staged reading of local playwright Russ Schwartz play, an irreverent, richly humorous spin on a tale from the Icelandic sagas about a young man leaves a drunken brawl with a nasty cut and a nastier nickname. When his blind, cantankerous Viking father has cajoled him into avenging the insult, Thorstein's next move places him in direct conflict with the local boss who would like to give the kid a break, but--as he is constantly reminded by his sharp-tongued wife--is not in a position to back down. Murder, treachery, song, low cunning, and strange cooking habits are all part of the journey to a tricky negotiation at swordpoint. Followed by a discussion with the director and cast.
8 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $5 ($18 includes a catered buffet dinner at 7 p.m.) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/328226 and at the door. 276-2832. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Mar. 2 & 16. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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