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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 20, 2013






 
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 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.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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 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

Conversational French Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This advanced class is for those who possess a strong foundation for conversing in French and wish to interact with others in the language. During our class time we discuss a variety of topics and advance our knowledge of Francophone culture through French literature, film, and song. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Entire 8-week session: $50 Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 non-members. (734) 794-6250. pssimmons@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org/seniors [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 10:30 a.m. 

Society for Musical Arts.

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Performances by winners of the society's recent Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition for 13-to-18-year-olds. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($15).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $15 (accompanying friend, $13; students with ID, $5) at the door only. Lunch reservations required. 662-3279. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 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.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Biases: Conscious and Unconscious" U-M Natural History Museum Understanding Race Project.

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Mar. 19 & 20. All invited to join a discussion. Dinner served.
6-9 p.m. (Mar. 19) & 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Mar. 20), EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Title IX Was Necessary, Imperfect, and Polarizing: Now What?": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talk by award-winning journalist Laura Pappano who writes about education and gender-related sports issues.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1100 Observatory Lodge, 1402 Washington Hts. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Charlie Wollborg - Visual Storytelling and Content Marketing: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Social media is not going to be a specialty for much longer - do you see many telephone gurus making the rounds?
Social tools will continue to come and go, but corporate storytelling and content marketing are the big opportunities for marketers and communicators to master long term.
Through photos, video, words and audio, your client's brand story can be shared in unlimited ways. We'll share a few insights on telling your brand story, cultivate fans and sparking devotion. You'll leave this session with a head full of fresh ideas, a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
Examples and Case Studies from YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Picasa, Pintrest, Instagram, Foursquare and Tumblr
Charlie Wollborg is Chief Troublemaker at Curve Detroit Marketing Strategy & Creative Design
Charlie is a purveyor of attention. He helps growing brands stand out from the clutter.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Ghost Hunters of Southeastern Michigan": Kempf House Museum.

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SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (Lansing) members discuss the findings of their recent investigation at the Kempf House and at other historic properties in our region.
7 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $5. 994-4898. [map]
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 Noon-11 p.m. 

51st Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mar. 19-24. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 24. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres and of generally high quality. Past contributors have included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Brian De Palma.



Mar. 20: Polish animation shorts curated by festival judge Marcin Gizycki. FREE, noon. "Films in Competition " (4:30 p.m.), including The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott, Luke Fowler's film that combines archive footage and new material in a meditation on the Marxist critic, historian, and activist E.P. Thompson who taught literature and social history to adults in the industrial towns of northern England. The program begins with Nathaniel Dorsky's elegiac short August and After "Psychedelic Visions and Expanded Consciousness: Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s" (7 p.m.), hyperkinetic experimental films and animation from the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Films in Competition 1" (7:15 p.m.), including Bill Brown's Memorial Land--about homemade 9/11 memorials--and other experimental, documentary, and animated films. "People's Park & Ernst Karel" (9:15 p.m.). Karel, a sound artist and composer who made the soundtrack for People's Park, performs before a screening of Libbie Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki's single-shot documentary that winds its way through a famous urban park in Chengdu, China. "Out Night: History, Glamor, Magic" (9:30 p.m.), includes films in competition that are inspired by the mythologies and artifice of Hollywood and revolve around queer/trans issues. Films are followed by an after party at the autBar (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), with fire pits in the courtyard and free appetizers.



Mar. 21: Films chosen by festival judge Laida Lertxundi, including her short 2012 experimental soundscape The Room Called Heaven, as well as films by Hollis Frampton, Bruce Baillie, and Morgan Fisher. FREE, noon. "Critical Means #1," a panel discussion on the current state of film criticism and writing. FREE, 2:30 p.m. Talk by legendary documentarian Ken Burns. FREE, 5:10 p.m. "Films in Competition 3" (7 p.m.), including recent animation, experimental, and documentary films. Leviathan (7:15 p.m.), Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's experimental, impressionistic documentary about commercial fishing. With an appearance by soundtrack creator Ernst Karel. "Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program One" "Films in Competition 2" (9:30 p.m.), including the North American premieres of Takashi Makino's epic abstract film 2012 and Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt's Some Part of Us Will Have Become, a sci-fi film from the perspective of a robot who's witnessing a massive man made disaster. Also, Passage, Madison Brookshire's double 16mm film that operates as a meditation on color and sound, with music by composer Tashi Wada. Other shorts TBA. Films are followed by an after party at the Ravens Club (11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.).



Mar. 22: Films by critically acclaimed Virginia based artist (and festival judge) Kevin Jerome Everson, including the world premiere of Rhinoceros. FREE, noon. "Critical Means #2," a continuation of the panel discussion on Mar. 21 (see above). FREE, noon. "Polish Avant Garde Animation Films" (5 p.m.), including Jan Lenica's 1963 stop-motion masterpiece Labyrinth, Zbigniew Rybczynski's 1975 short New Book, and Tango, Rybczynski's Oscar-winning 1980 short that operates as a collage of people performing repeated patterns. Feature-length film TBA (7 p.m.). "Films in Competition 4" (7:30 p.m.): Kathryn Ramey's WEST: What I know about her, an experimental documentary about her ancestor Elizabeth Crandall Perry, an adventurer and midwife. I Remember: A Film about Joe Brainard, Matt Wolf's documentary about the late artist Brainard and his memoir poem "I Remember." The Mutability of All Things and the Possibility of Changing Some, Anna Marziano's film that explores human adaptability in the face of catastrophe. Hope Tucker's Handful of Dust. "Films by Pat O'Neill" (9:30 p.m.). Acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker O'Neill is in attendance for this screening of several of his shorts from the late 1960s to the present. He is known for his innovative optical techniques. "Animated Films in Competition" (9:45 p.m.). Recent animated shorts by Emily Hubley, Maureen Selwood, Maya Erdelyi, Meejin Hong, Shin Hashimoto, Kevin Eskew, and others. The films are followed by an after party at the Bar at 327 Braun Ct. (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), with a live audiovisual performance by the Brooklyn duo Synthhumpers.



Mar. 23: Your Day Is My Night (11 a.m.), Lynne Sachs' documentary, part of the AAFF competition, in which residents of New York City's Chinatown tell their stories of personal and political upheaval. Central Park Five (noon), Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon's documentary that tells the story of 5 black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested in 1989 and later wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. Followed by a discussion with Ken Burns, Raymond Santana (one of the "Five"), and Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions director Steve Drizin. "Films in Competition 5" (1 p.m.), including new films by Ana Vaz and Ben Rivers, the North American premiere of Stephen Connolly's Zabriskie Point (Redacted)--an impressionistic documentary that combines images of the eponymous location of Antonioni's 1970 film Zabriskie Point with contemporary research on the location and the film--and Bette Gordon and James Benning's 1975 conceptual bicentennial masterpiece The United States of America. Water and Power (4 p.m.), an award-winning 1990 film that combines visually and aurally dense tableaux with advanced motional control, optical printing, and animation techniques to depict the complex battle for natural resources waged between L.A. and the Owens Valley. Director Pat O'Neill is in attendance. "Films in Competition 6" (3:30 p.m.), including animated, experimental, and narrative films by Jesse McClean, Lori Felker, and James Lowne, as well as Circle in the Sand, Michael Robinson's 2012 film, set in the near future during a 2nd American civil war, that follows a band of exiled political prisoners and their supervising soldiers who live in the ruins of a seaside military fort. "Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program Two" (7 p.m.). Second of two screenings of films by celebrated animator Pitt, who is in attendance. The program is highlighted by the world premiere of her latest film, Pinball "Films in Competition 7" (7:15 p.m.), including animated, experimental, documentary, and narrative films TBA. Suitcase of Love and Shame (9:15 p.m.). World premiere of this film that reconstructs a mesmerizing and erotic love story based on 60 hours of reel-to-reel 1960s audiotape (discovered in a suitcase) that chronicles the details of an adulterous affair between a Midwestern woman and her lover. Director Jane Gillooly is in attendance. "Films in Competition 8" (9:30 p.m.), including animated, experimental, documentary, and narrative films TBA. The films are followed by a FREE after party at the Last Word (301 W. Huron) from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.



Mar. 24: "Films in Competition 9," including animated and experimental films appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. $5, 11 a.m. "Regional Films in Competition," including narrative, experimental, and documentary films made in Michigan. $5, 11 a.m. "Music Video in Competition." FREE, UMMA Auditorium (525 S. State), noon. "Films in Competition 10" (1 p.m.), including new documentary and experimental films by Dani Leventhal, Mike Hoolboom, and others, as well as Spend It All, Les Blank's 1971 portrait of Cajun culture. The Radiant (1:30 p.m.), the Otolith Group's film, part of the AAFF competition, that explores the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and contributed to the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. Our Nixon (3:30 p.m.), H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin's documentary, part of the AAFF competition, that compiles previously unseen archival footage of Nixon's presidency, filmed by White House aides on Super 8 home movie cameras and subsequently seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation. "Award Program 1" (6 p.m.). "Award Program 2" (8 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at Arbor Brewing Company.

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Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 12:30-2 p.m. 

Intermediate French Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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If you possess a beginner's understanding of the French language and would like to improve your speaking abilities, this intermediate French class is for you. In a small group setting, we will provide you with the tools to strengthen both your grammatical and conversational skills. We will also explore Francophone language and culture through a variety of books and films. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Entire 8-week session: $50 for Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 for non-members. (734) 794-6250. pssimmons@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

"Double Reed Delight": Jewish Community Center Afternoon Delights Series.

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All seniors invited to a recital by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra oboist Timothy Michling and bassoonist Eric Varner, with pianist David Gilliland. Program TBA. The program begins at 1 p.m. with dessert and socializing.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $8. 971-0990. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"My Mic Sounds Nice": A Hip-Hop Feminism Showcase: EMU Women's History Month 2013.

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Hip hop feminism issues a call to engage in praxis--the immersion of theory and practice. This workshop will demonstrate how hip hop can be empowering and provide a space for women and men to celebrate diversity and the experiences of women. This event will showcase the artwork, poetry, and performances of student artists around campus.
--Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Affairs
Student Center 350, 900 Oakwood St Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. mmarti50@emich.edu www.emich.edu/womenshistorymonth/ [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Race and Italian American Writing": U-M Hatcher Graduate Library.

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Lecture by Brooklyn College English professor Robert Viscusi.
3-4:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen Techno Jewelry": Saline District Library.

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All youth grades 6-12 invited to make jewelry out of old computer parts and learn how to download free popular music mp3s from Freegal, the library's downloading music service.
3 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Free! 

Used Booksale: Ann Arbor Learning Community PTSO.

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Lots of used and new books for sale, donated by AALC families. There are plenty of books for babies and children, and also plenty of grownup books too.

$1 per book on Wednesday.

$5 to fill a bag on Thursday.
Ann Arbor Learning Community; 3980 Research Park Drive; Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Helene Gayle, president & CEO of CARE USA: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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About the event: Please join us as Helene Gayle visits the University of Michigan for a conversation with Ford School faculty Marina Whitman and Sharon Maccini on current trends in international development aid, microfinance, and global health initiatives.
Gayle will take questions from the audience and from Twitter. Join the conversation: #policytalks
About the speaker: Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gayle serves on several boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive, ONE and the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chaired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.
Annenburg Auditorium (#1120), Weill Hall, 735 S. State Street. Free. 734-615-3893. fspp-events@umich.edu http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/calendar/ [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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Mar. 20: Columbia University history and sociomedical sciences professor Samuel Roberts on "A Political History of Heroin Addiction: Race, Crime, and the Fractured Liberalism of Methadone Maintenance and Harm Reduction in New York City, 1963-1973." Mar. 26: DePaul University public policy studies professor Fassil Demissie on "Remaking Space for Neoliberal Urbanism: Dispossession Through Urban Renewal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia."
4 p.m., 4701 Haven Hall, 505 S. State. Free. 764-5513. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Korean Chaebols: Heroes or Villains?": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Elder Sang-Yong Nam Memorial Lecture.

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Korean Development Institute (Seoul) school of public policy dean Sang-Woo Nam discusses the love-hate relationship Koreans have with family-controlled business groups known as chaebols.
4-5:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Sterilization: Incarceration as Population Policy in the U.S.": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Lecture by historian and curator Rickie Solinger. This lecture opens the new exhibit, Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States, a collection of 8 inked installation works that examine women's experiences of incarceration, including artwork created by inmates and correspondence between an incarcerated mother and her daughter. The exhibit runs Mar. 20-May 6 (gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.).
4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafty Readers Book Discussion Group": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades 2 & 3 invited to discuss books in David Adler's Cam Jansen series. Followed by a hands-on craft activity.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ele's Place "Tour of the Heart": Ele's Place.

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Join us for one hour non-denominaltion Ele's Place "Tour of the Heart" to learn first-hand how our weekly activity based peer support groups for grieving children,teens and families help to heal broken hearts. To register for the Tour, to inquire about Traveling Tour of the Heart to bring to your place of education, work, worship or fellowship, or for further information or questions about our resources and services, please email: ggreenspan@elesplace. org or call: 734 929-6640
Firstr Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734 929-6640. ggreenspan@elesplace.org www.elesplace.org [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Race and Education": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talks by U-M School of Education research fellow, Ann Arbor Public Schools trustee Simone Lightfoot, and EMU African American studies professor Ronald Woods. Followed by discussion. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by free hors d'oeuvres.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Bingo: Saline American Legion.

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Prizes.
6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $1 for hard cards (book of 10 games, $7). 429-7310. [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Eat the Season: Spring at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Celebrate the Spring Vernal Equinox with us today! Eating seasonal vegetables often offers you the best in flavor as well as nutrition. Some can seem daunting and difficult to prepare, others so familiar that we tend to cook them in what has become a boring task. In this class we will review the new crop of seasonal vegetables greeting the grocer's aisles and soon the farmer's markets. We will demystify artichokes, and celebrate asparagus, peas, spinach, strawberries, green beans, scallions, radishes and rhubarb. There are proper and diverse cooking techniques that preserve freshness and flavor that will be demonstrated and discussed. Menu: Herb-Seasoned Breaded Artichoke; Olive Oil and Garlic-Sauteed Asparagus with Fresh Fried Egg; Baby Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction; Ragout Printanier - French Stew of Spring Vegetables. 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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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

One FREE Ladies Only Zumba Class (new clients): Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness offers one FREE ladies only Zumba class to new clients. No gym membership is required. We offer class packages and student discounts.
Gretchen's House, 2625 Traver Blvd. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.peachyfitness.com [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. (except Apr. 3), Mar. 20-May 8.

A weekly series of film screenings, followed by discussion led by U-M musicology professor Mark Clague. Part of a Tribeca Film Institute project (see March 13 listing).

Mar. 20: Feels Like Going Home, the 1st episode of the 2004 Emmy-winning series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, and a 17-minute segment from Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg) featuring gospel pioneers Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, and Sallie Martin.

Mar. 27: Syncopated City (1919-1933), the 2nd episode of the award-winning TV series Broadway: The American Musical (Michael Kantor, 2004). 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Apr. 10: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration, the 6th episode of Ken Burns 2001 PBS series Jazz. Also, International Sweethearts of Rhythm (Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss, 1986), an award-winning documentary about the little-known story of a multiracial all-women swing band that became a sensation in the 1940s.

Apr. 17: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (Rachel Liebling, 1994), a documentary about the history of bluegrass featuring Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, and other bluegrass pioneers.

Apr. 24: Plugging In (1995), the 4th episode of the Emmy-nominated series The History of Rock n Roll. It covers developments from Dylan's legendary electric debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to the first major American performances by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and the Who at the 1975 Monterey Pop Festival.

May 1: Latin Music USA, Episode One: Bridges (Daniel McCabe, 2009), an exploration of the development of Afro Cuban jazz and mambo in New York City dance halls and nightclubs, and an excerpt from From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale (Henry Chalfant, 2006) that explores the origins of hip-hop as a conscious alternative to gang culture.

May 8: A Space for Music, a Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS Performance in Hill Auditorium (Sophia Cruz & Anna Prushinskaya, 2013), a new documentary that draws on concert recordings, news articles, and anecdotal interviews.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Authors in Chelsea": Chelsea District Library.

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Three well-known children's writers read from their work. Dori Hillestad Butler, who won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, is an Iowa writer best known for The Buddy Files, a series of mysteries told from the perspective of a dog. Michigan writer Tim Smith, author of the Buck Wilder series, writes books that introduce young readers to natural resources and outdoor pursuits. 2004 American Library Association Printz Honor Award winner Kenneth Oppel is a Toronto writer who has written several fantasy adventure novels, Airborn and its sequels set in a parallel Earth where giant airships rule the skies. Signing.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Envisioning Real Utopias in Detroit": EMU Art Department.

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College for Creative Studies undergraduate studies dean Vince Carducci discusses his work that combines aesthetics and social science to explore cultural production and the ways people construct utopian artistic communities.
6:30 p.m., EMU Student Center (Room 310 A), 900 Oakwood (between Washtenaw & N. Huron River Dr.), EMU campus, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0465. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.-12:15 a.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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Docu Fest.

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Feb. 13: When the Drum Is Beating (Whitney Dow, 2011). Documentary about the history of Haiti from independence from France to the 2010 earthquake, set to the music Haiti's most celebrated big band, Septentrional.

Feb. 20: Urban Roots (Henry Stephens, 2007). (Mark MacInnis, 2011). Documentary about the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in Detroit.

Feb. 27: The Great Culling: Our Water (Paul Wittennberger, 2010). Documentary about heavy metal toxicity and its direct relationship with the current rise in neurological disorders.

Mar. 6: Surviving Progress (Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks, 2011). Documentary exploring whether contemporary global civilization is caught in a "progress trap" that, in his best-selling A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright argues destroyed past civilizations.

Mar. 13: Green Fire (Ann & Steve Dunsky and Dave Steinke, 2011). Documentary about the pioneering 20th-century conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Mar. 20: Tears of Gaza (Vibeke Lokkeberg, 2010). Documentary about the impact of contemporary warfare that follows 3 children though the 3-week 2008-2009 Gaza War and its aftermath.

Mar. 27: Bitter Pill (Vivek Palavali, 2012) Director Palavali, a Flint neurosurgeon, introduces his documentary (bitterpilldoc.com) about the deteriorating American health care system.

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7 p.m., Elmo's Hideaway, lower level of Elmo's T-Shirts, 220 S. Main, Free. 662-5414. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Feb. 21: River Raisin Ragtime Revue Back Row. Dixieland jazz by this ensemble from the popular local ragtime band.

Mar. 20: Royal Garden Trio. Local trio led by guitarist Brian Delaney that plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. With cellist Michael Karoub and clarinetist and tenor guitarist Tom Bogardus.

Apr. 17: "Tribute to Benny Goodman." Local Benny Goodman tribute quartet led by clarinetist Dave Bennett. This show is held at the Washington Street Education Center (500 Washington), and tickets are not required.

May 15: Motor City Brass Quintet. This highly regarded Detroit ensemble performs a wide array of music, from classical to Americana and ragtime.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room (except as noted), 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Mar. 19-21 & 26; May 1, 20, & 22. Performances by various student ensembles.

Mar. 19 & May 22: Choir Concert.

Mar. 20 & 21 (time TBA): District Choir Festival.

Mar. 26: Jazz Band.

May 1: Concerto Concert.

May 20: Band & Orchestra.

Mar. 19 & May 22: Choir Concert.

See also May 17 Company C and Mar. 27 & Apr. 27 fundraiser listings.

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7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Wanderers Monthly Meeting: Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club.

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There will be a regular monthly meeting of the Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club at 7 P.M. Wednesday, March 20 at the REI Store Meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Join us for fun, fitness and friendship.
REI Store, 970 West Eisenhower. Free. washtenaw-wanderer@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Washtenaw-Wanderers [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Meet the Cheesemonger": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Neal's Yard Dairy (London) cheesemonger Jason Hinds, Zingerman's Deli cheese expert Sean Hartwig, and several other cheesemongers from the U.S. and England who happen to be in town today lead a tasting of their favorite cheese. Some wine included. Cash bar. All proceeds the Daphne Zepos Teaching award, an annual scholarship for aspiring cheese professionals established in the memory of the late renowned New York cheese expert Daphne Zepos.
7 p.m., Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave.. $30 in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3354. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Trivia for Cheaters": 826michigan Fundraiser.

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4-person teams play trivia for donations. The more money teams raise, the more "cheats" they earn. Also, between-rounds entertainment TBA.
7 p.m., LIVE, 102 S. First St. $5 in advance; $8 at the door. Preregistration for players required at tinyurl.com/Trivia4Cheaters. 761-3463. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Author Talk - Hugh Howard - Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

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Author Hugh Howard weaves together personal, presidential, and architectural histories to shed light on the way our chief executives lived.

From Jefferson's Monticello to Reagan's Rancho del Cielo, with fascinating and surprising stops between and beyond, Houses of the Presidents presents a fascinating alternative history of the American presidency.
Join us for this unique tour of the houses and day-to-day lives of America's presidents.
Open Seating; Free Admission; Free Parking; Book sales/signing and reception follow program.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue. Free. 734-205-0555. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Clarissa Dickson Wright's A History of English Food.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Film Series: Canterbury House.

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Feb. 20: "The Big Parade" (King Vidor, 1925). Classic WWI film that blends spectacular, singularly credible battle scenes with an irresistibly charming romance between a young French woman (Renee Adoree) and the American soldier (John Gilbert) who, in one of the films's most famous scenes, teaches her how to chew gum. Also, film scholar Mary Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "A Mechanized Art for a Mechanized War: Glamor and Trauma in The Big Parade" and leads a discussion of the film.

Feb. 27: "Le Grande Illusion" (Jean Renoir, 1937). WWI film about 2 French soldiers who repeatedly attempt to escape a German POW camp until they're sent to an impenetrable fortress that seems impossible to escape. French, German, English, Russian; subtitles. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Looking Forward by Looking Back, Part 1: Race and Class in Le Grande Illusion" and leads a discussion of the film.

Mar. 6: "The 49th Parallel" (Michael Powell, 1941). A WWII German U-boat, stranded in northern Canada, tries to escape to the still-neutral U.S. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Invasion-Free since 1812: Walking with the Enemy and Talking Freedom in The 49th Parallel" and leads a discussion of the film.

Mar. 13: "The Deer Hunter" (Michael Cimino, 1978). 3 Pennsylvania factory workers end up in a Vietcong POW camp. Robert De Niro & Christopher Walken. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Over Here Over There: Meanings of Survival in The Deer Hunter" and leads a discussion of the film.

Mar. 20: "Catch-22" (Mike Nichols, 1970). Film based on Joseph Heller's classic WWII black humor novel about a bombardier who tries to escape the insanity of the war. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Looking Forward by Looking Back, Part 2: An Enemy for a New Age in Catch-22" and leads a discussion of the film.

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7:30 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Free. 764-3152. [map]
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 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ripples of Hope: An Introduction to ICPJ": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

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ICPJ staffers discuss the history of the organization and their current work. Refreshments.
7:30-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Memorial Lounge, 517 E. Washington. Free. Reservations requested by email. Gracek@icpj.net, 663-1870. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Turn Your Garden Into a Hummingbird Haven": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by club member Bruce Moorman.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Suono Mobile USA: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This quartet of accomplished composers, including Pin Hsin Lin, Phillipp Blume, Vincent Calianno, and Nathan Mandel, performs new experimental chamber works.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Jazz Lab Ensemble & Campus Jazz Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Dennis Wilson and David Sayers direct students in jazz works TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham. Free. 764-0594.
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 8:30-10:30 p.m. 

Trivia Night: Pizza House.

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Every Wed. All invited to bring or join a team to enter a trivia contest. Prizes.
8:30-10:30 p.m., Pizza House, 618 Church St. Free admission. 995-5095. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Mar. 6 & 27) & Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Mar. 13 & 20). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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