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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 7, 2013






 
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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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 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist": Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Mar. 5 & 7. All invited to discuss Sylvia Boorstein's book about how she resolved her own commitments to both Buddhism and Judaism.
7:30-9 p.m. (Mar. 5) & noon-1:30 p.m. (Mar. 7), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Mar. 7: Italian Carnival musical theater performances by tenor Jeffrey Willets. Accompanist is Elisabeth Wagner. Mar. 14: Irish music by local singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe and fiddler-pianist Lance Wagner. Mar. 21: Favorite opera arias by soprano Sonja Srinivasan. Mar. 28: Members of the U-M Life Sciences Orcestra and friends perform Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Beethoven's Piano Quintet.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [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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 1 p.m. 

Tykes: Celebrate Reading Month Dr. Seuss Style!: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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National Reading month is so super cool! You can read books even when you're not at school. As it's also Dr. Seuss's birthday month, so we'll have to be silly as we learn! Every Tyke session in March will feature a new Seuss story, a game, a craft, and perhaps porphyry. That's a rock in case you weren't quite sure, so sign up today so your space is secure!
March 7, 14, 21 & 28.
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ages 4-5, caregiver not required. Registration required.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $44 for all four sessions. 734-997-1553. info@lesliesnc.org http://www.lesliesnc.org [map]
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 1-4:30 p.m. 

"Rigoletto": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's tragic opera about an evil duke who seduces his jester Rigoletto's beautiful daughter. Director Michael Mayer has placed this new production in 1960 Las Vegas. Stars Piotr Beczala, Zeljko Lucic, and Diana Damrau. The Feb. 16 live broadcast is reprised on tape Mar. 6 & 7.
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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 5-8:30 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 "White Wines of Argentina" (Mar. 7), "Red Wines of Argentina" (Mar. 14), "Napa Valley" (Mar. 21), "California Zinfandels" (Mar. 28).
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. 

10th Anniversary Awards Dinner: Michigan Interfaith Power & Light.

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Michigan Interfaith Power & Light is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary and we invite you to join us for awards, dinner, live multicultural music, and inspiring talks on the future of sustainability from leaders in city planning, business, and faith!

We are a nonprofit and our mission is to involve Michigan faith communities as stewards of the earth by promoting and implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related sustainable practices through education, advocacy, and action.

For registration details, please visit: www.miipl.kintera.org/AnniversaryRegistration

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35. 248-761-5197. outreach@miipl.org www.MichiganIPL.org [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Braising 101: Ann Arbor Cooks.

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**This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. The format is exactly the same as all classes offered at Ann Arbor Cooks.**
We are heading into the thick of colder weather and craving deep-flavor, slow-cooked comfort foods. Braising is where it's at! Join us for an intensive look at this moist-heat method of cooking as we re-create some unbelievable classics. It's all about "low and slow" and deep flavor with this technique! Come hungry! Full participation. Menu: coq au vin, braised lamb shanks, braised leeks, and braised potatoes. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $85. 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.  Free! 

Western Washtenaw Democrats: Right to Work - What's Next?: Western Washtenaw Democrats.

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As the controversial Right to Work legislation becomes law in Michigan, the Western Washtenaw Democrats will present a panel of esteemed speakers to discuss what the consequences of the law will be, what is being done in reaction to the law, and what concerned citizens of Michigan can do to overturn it.
This event will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the IBEW Hall at 7920 Jackson Road, in Scio Township.
Panelists will include State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, Karla Swift, President, Michigan AFL-CIO, David Hecker, President, Michigan American Federation of Teachers, and others.
Roy Schmidt, Chair of the Western Washtenaw Democrats and local resident, expects a large turnout. "We hope to provide a forum for an intelligent, reasoned, and relevant discussion of the Michigan version of the right to work law that was passed in December 2012 with no committee discussion and no public participation, by a lame-duck legislature and our Governor."
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IBEW Hall, 7920 Jackson Road, Dexter. Free. grohnert@mindspring.com [map]
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 7 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement": Nicola's Books.

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Writer and activist Sarah Erdreich, an Ann Arbor native, discusses her new book about the abortion debate. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Logo Remix": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 7 & 16. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a video-animated remix of the AADL logo to enter in a contest. The entries are projected during the FoolMoon festival on Apr. 5. Prizes.
7-8:30 p.m. (Mar. 7) & 10 a.m.-noon (Mar. 16), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Mont Saint-Hilaire & Montreal Area Quarries": Huron Hills Lapidary and Mineral Society.

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Screening of a video.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
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 7:20 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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 7:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Mar. 7 & 21. All age 21 & over invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: the Mar. 21 meeting includes club officer elections.
7:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5. 786-2237. [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. 

"Alice in Wonder": Concordia University.

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Mar. 7-10. Concordia students perform EMU theater professor emerita Virginia Koste's 1976 adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice stories. Koste's script focuses on Alice as a wonderer, stretching her mind to meet the Cheshire Cat, the loud Duchess, the Twin Tweedles, and other characters of her own invention. Appropriate for kids and adults.
8 p.m. (Mar. 7-9) & 2:30 p.m. (Mar. 10), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Talk Radio": PTD Productions.

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Mar. 7-10 & 14-16. Joseph York directs local actors in Eric Bogosian's searing drama about a popular "shock jock" radio personality whose regular abuse of his listeners leads to tragic consequences. An examination of free speech, hypocrisy, and Americans' susceptibility to the cult of personality, the play was adapted into a film by Oliver Stone. Cast: Paddy Ash, Mark Batell, Joshua R. Brown, Nicholas Craig, Zach Damon, Debbie Ederer, Carl Ellison, Chris Gimm, Rick Katon, Elisha Kranz, Angelicia Morton, Dennis Platte, Bob Wittersheim, and Janet Rich.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 10), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12). in advance at showtix4u.com, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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