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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 14, 2013






 
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 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 12-Apr. 26. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Wed. 1 p.m. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

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 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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In these Thursday morning sessions, you will learn a practice somewhat similar to Chinese acupressure but which also draws on the wisdom of ancient yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. You can decide what would be of the most benefit to you, whether weekly sessions or a class now and then. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion and a blanket. Instructor Ramesh Narula has been practicing yoga and meditation for 58 years and has facilitated workshops in 12 countries. The class is free; a donation to the Ann Arbor Senior Center is welcome.
An Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Free. (734) 794-6250. [map]

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 10 a.m. 

Tuesday Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [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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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Shipwrecked!": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 14-16. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's play, set in 1893, about a Detroit cargo shipping family that sets sail on Lake Huron through Shipwreck Alley with a load of Christmas trees. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Appropriate for kids in grades 3-8.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 14 & 15) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 16), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [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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 Noon  Free! 

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Those Who Care for Them: Partners in Personal Assistance.

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A class offered by Partners in Personal Assistance. Basic preparedness plus tips specific to living with a disability in an emergency. LOCATION: 3810 Packard Rd. Suite 100 B. Space is limited; reservations required - Call (734) 214-3890 today to get your free ticket. This information could save YOUR life!
Partners in Personal Assistance, 3810 Packard, Suite 100 B. Free. 734-385-4317. coachpegball@gmail.com www.AnnArborPPA.org [map]

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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Classical Antiquity Without Nature": U-M Classics Department Brown Bag Series.

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Lecture by U-M classics grad student Clara Bosak-Schroeder. Bring a bag lunch
Noon-1 p.m., 2175 Angell Hall. Free. 764-0360. [map]

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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Goyishe Golems": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by U-M Judaic studies professor Maya Barzilai.
Noon-1 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]

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 Noon  Free! 

"Pi Day": Saline District Library.

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All youth grades 6-12 invited to eat pie and make no-bake goodies in honor of Pi Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating the mathematical constant pi.
Noon, SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Mar. 14: Tel Aviv University sociology and East Asian studies professor Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni on "Housewives and Salarymen in Postbubble Japan: Are We Facing a Changing Gender Contract?" Mar. 28: University of Chicago medicine professor Gavin Houghman on "Subjective Well-Being Among Older Japanese Adults."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]

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 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Advanced French-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This is a continuation of the fall class in French competency. The class time will be organized as follows: free or structured conversation for one-half hour, grammar for one-half hour and reading "Le Rouge et le Noir" by Stendahl for one hour. We may switch from grammar to an interactive video program midway through the course. Adele McCarus is a retired French teacher in the Ann Arbor school system.
Class meets Thursdays, March 14 - May 2.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105). $40. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]

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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Iris Folding: Dexter District Library.

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Local crafter Helen O'Toole shows how to make Easter cards using Iris folding techniques.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Anarcha and the Medical Plantation: Black Culture/Disability Culture: EMU Women's History Month 2013.

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The many activists, artists, academic and healers who came together through the Anarcha Project speak about the echoes of historical injury, the effects of slavery medicine on contemporary health care inequalities, and on women's powers to engage in cross-cultural investigation, art practice, and ritual.
Student Center 330, 900 Oakwood St Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. mmarti50@emich.edu www.emich.edu/womenshistorymonth/ [map]

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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Community Ecologies: Invasive Species and Interdisciplinary Crossings": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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University of Massachusetts-Amherst women's studies professor Banu Subramaniam, Indiana University biology researcher Peggy Schultz, and Indiana University biology professor James Bever discuss how certain plant and animal species come to be seen as invasive and how that terminology parallels language used to describe people and migration.
3:30-5 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Beyond Obamacare: Social Determinants and Disparities in Health and America's Paradoxical Crisis of Health Care and Health": U-M Annual Henry Russel Lecture.

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Lecture by U-M survey research, public policy, & sociology professor James House The Russel Award is the U-M's highest honor, awarded annually to a faculty member who is especially distinguished in his or her field.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater. Free. 647-7906. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Household Archaeology in Greece: Past, Present, and Future": Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archaeology.

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Talk by U-M classical archaeology professor Lisa Nevett.
4 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304, 764-0360. [map]

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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"New Trends in Popular Culture: Gender and Race in Contemporary America": U-M American Culture Department Goldring Symposium.

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U-M English professor Jonathan Freedman and U-M women's studies and American culture professor Mary Kelley moderate a panel discussion on girls' zines and African American theater with writers Janice Radway, author of Networks and Itineraries of Dissent: Making Sense of Girl-Related Zines from the 1990s, and Harry J. Elam Jr., author of How Should We Speak of Black Theatre in the Age of Obama?
4-6 p.m., U-M Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 763-1460. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stevens T. Mason: The Boy Governor Remembered": U-M Clements Library.

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Local historian and journalist Don Faber, author of The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics, discusses Michigan's first and youngest governor.
4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. 647-0864. [map]

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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Ultimate Journey: Origins of the River Ganga and the Himalayan Pilgrim Trail": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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University of California-Davis history professor Sudipta Sen discusses the history of Indian Hindu pilgrimages.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]

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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9. All kids grades K-4 invited to discuss a book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Farnoosh Fathi and Anthony Madrid: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by California poet Fathi and Chicago poet Madrid. Fathi's poems "feel instantly, physically apprehended, like a vaccine (given through the ear) against the banal," says EMU English professor Christine Hume. The Rumpus reviewer Virginia Konchan calls Madrid's 2012 book I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say an "air-tight, surround-sound phantasmagoria" that is of "a poetic tradition in which the legacy of Sufi poetry […] has been thoroughly absorbed." Preceded at 2 p.m. by a Q&A in Room 1176 Angell Hall.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. [map]

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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Lynda Barry: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Talk by this comics artist and graphic novelist, the creator of the long-running syndicated comic Ernie Pook's Comeek.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]

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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Making Sense: Identifying Black Feminist Theories of Knowledge: EMU Women's History Month 2013.

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Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University
This talk examines how three metaphors from US Black women's social theory-jeopardy, interstices, and intersectionality-illuminate three different ways of approaching our social world. By understanding the different orientations embedded in each metaphor, one can become familiar with the differing limits and scopes of each pattern making enterprise. Dotson proposes an approach to these black feminist contributions that sees them as complementary as opposed to competing metaphors for making sense of our social world.
--Sponsored by the History and Philosophy Department
Pray Harrold Room 216, 216 Pray Harrold, Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. mmarti50@emich.edu www.emich.edu/womenshistorymonth/ [map]

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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Growing through Grief Workshops: University of Michigan Depression Center.

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A Parenting Workshop to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One.
Caregivers who are grieving often struggle to assist their children during such a difficult life transition. This educational workshop is designed for bereaved parents/caregivers who have experienced the death of a loved one and have a child under the age of 18 who is also grieving.
Growing Through Grief Workshops are offered on the second Thursday of every month. Advance registration is required. Please register by visiting the web site at www.depressioncenter.org/frankel or calling Kiel Opperman at 734-936-8702. For content specific questions, please contact the workshop leader, Dr. Julie Kaplow, at julieb@med.umich.edu or 734-615-1641.
Christian Love Fellowship Ministries, 1601 Stamford Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48198, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-615-1641. julieb@med.umich.edu http://www.depressioncenter.org/patients-visitors/workshops-and-groups/growing-through-grief/ [map]

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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Nick Schroeck: WCC.

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This Great Lakes Environmental Law Center director discusses Great Lakes water rights and conservation.
6-7 p.m., 202 WCC Great Lakes Regional Training Center, 4800 E. Huron River. Dr. Free. dmackres@wccnet.edu. [map]

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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Planning an Herbal Remedies Garden": Dexter District Library.

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Local artisan and The Happy Peasant founder Amy Lesser discuses how to find, grow, and tincture wild herbs.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

In Praise of Pig: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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March 1st is National Pig Day! Come join us as we delve into this flavorful farm animal with its amazing history to evolve and stay on trend just like fashion. These days, extremely lean cuts are increasingly more available, ones that require some insights to proper cooking techniques that assure both the health benefits and delicious taste that pork offers. On the flip side, there has been a resurgence in pork's popularity because of the incomparable, full-on flavor, often, with old school preparations putting to use the not-so-lean parts. This class brings together the best of both worlds serving up a complete dinner menu. Menu: Rolled and Roasted Pork stuffed with Ham, Sausage and Apples; Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Vegetables with Cider Glaze. 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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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling Our Own Story: The Complexity of Arab American Identity Representation": U-M Museum Studies Program Museum Voices: Representing Race/Presenting Identities Lecture Series.

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Talk by the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn) director Anan Ameri.
6:30 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room, 4th floor. Free. 936-6678. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

2013 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Semifinals: The Neutral Zone.

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Readings by young poets battling for a spot at the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finals (see 28 Thursday listing). Other semifinals are held at Community High School (7:30 p.m., Mar. 15) and Pioneer High School (7 p.m., Mar. 21).
7 p.m., Huron High School Little Theater, 2727 Fuller. Free. 214-9995. [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. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Cedar Rapids.

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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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening with Traktung Yeshe Dorje": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Salon.

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Talk by this American-born lama in the Nyingma lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism, the codirector with his wife Katie of the local Tsogyelgar Dharma Center. He discusses his new book, Eye to Form Is Only Love: A Journal of 100 Days.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Boston Food: A New England Melting Pot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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TV personalities and culinary historians Marilyn and Sheila Brass, coauthors of the award-wining cookbooks Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters and Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters, discuss and demonstrate recipes from their new cookbook exploring the food and lore of Boston. In conjunction with the current Performance Network production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Boston-based play Good People (see Thur.-Sun listings through Mar. 31 ).
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. at William. Free. 327-4555. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": Friends of the Michigan League Dinner Theater.

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Mar. 14-17. Nancy Heusel directs dessert (Mar. 14) and dinner (Mar. 15-17) theater productions of Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. The cast includes Jim Nissen, Lesli Weston, Mark Heusel, Steve Jones, and Joe Medrano. Part of the proceeds goes to U-M scholarships
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 6:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room. Dessert & show tickets $35 (students, $17) and dinner & show tickets $65, in advance only at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office (mutotix.com). 763-TKTS. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Memoir of the Sunday Brunch": Nicola's Books.

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Milwaukee writer Julia Pandl discusses her wry new memoir about her experiences in her family's restaurant, where she watched her chef father rule with the strictness of a drill sergeant. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Rukeyser Centenary Celebration": EMU Music Department.

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U-M English professor Elizabeth Daeumer joins 2 EMU voice professors, soprano MeeAe Nam and mezzo-soprano Monica Swartout-Bebow, and piano professor Hyunjin Lim in an evening of poetry and song by women poets and composers (Mar. 15, 7 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti) Part of a 2-day symposium on work and legacy of the poet Muriel Rukeyser, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of her birth. The symposium also includes a public lecture by the renowned poet Alicia Ostriker on "Daring to Live for the Impossible: Rukeyser and the Idea of Freedom" (Mar. 16, 7 p.m., EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood off Washtenaw), and it is preceded by a performance of Rukeyser's Book of the Dead (Mar. 14, 7 p.m., Dreamland Theater 26 N. Washington), along with other poetry readings by Catherine Taylor, Tyrone Williams, Judith Goldman, and Carla Harryman.
7 p.m., Various EMU and Ypsilanti locations. Free. 487-2255.

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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, the Ingrid Racine Quartet, led by local trumpeter Racine, performs jazz interpretations of Afrobop classics and original compositions inspired by the Mande tradition of West Africa. Light refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

AHA - Raspberry Pi Meetup!: All Hands Active.

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Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. allhandsactive@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Anne-Sophie Mutter: University Musical Society.

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This German-born violinist, one of the most acclaimed violinists performing today, performs Mozart's Sonata in G major, Schubert's Fantasy in C major, Lutoslawski's Partita, and Saint-SaŽns Sonata no. 1 in A minor. Accompanist is her longtime recital partner, Lambert Orkis. "Her violin playing has an imagination, a curiosity, and a near-endless reserve of psychic energy," says New York Times critic Bernard Holland.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$75 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"(un)Corked Wine Tasting with Luca Pirovano": Produce Station.

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Villa Tavernago (Italy) owner Pirovano leads wine tastings. With cheese pairings. Note: These events always sell out.
7:30-9 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $25. localwineevents.com/events/detail/463771. [map]

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 7:30 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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 7:30 p.m. 

"Choral Cavalcade West": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Performances by student choirs from Pioneer High School and Slauson Middle School. Proceeds benefit choral programs at both schools.
7:30 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $5 (students, $2; families, $10) at the door. 994-2189. [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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FullSet: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish music by this young all-star sextet that Irish Music Magazine compared to earlier supergroups Such as Danu and Altan. Members are vocalist and flutist Teresa Horgan, accordionist Janine Redmond, fiddler Michael Harrison, piper Sean McCarthy, guitarist Andy Meaney, and bodhran player Eamonn Moloney.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $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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Jeff Caldwell: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 14-16. A frequent guest on late-night TV, this quick-witted comic is known for his fresh, sharp takes on everything from the daily news to the daily grind. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $13 (reserved seating in advance, $15 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 14-17. Kat Walsh directs local actors in Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 drama about the unraveling of a mendacious southern family, centered on a wife trapped in an unfulfilling marriage with a faded former football star pining for his dead friend. As the family gathers one night in Mississippi, each tries to flatter the family patriarch in an attempt to wrest from him some of his wealth. Cast: Anna Heinl, Chris Manna, Alex Berneis, Susie Berneis, Charles Sutherland, Glenn Bugala, Stephen White, Michael Joseph, Heather Liebal, Wendy Ascione-Juska, Mary Kowalski.
8 p.m. (Mar. 14-16) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]

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"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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