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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 28, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters: National Library of Medicine.

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The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters features the National Library of Medicine's collection of the family correspondence of a remarkable family of doctors in 19th century Virginia. The letters document the working lives of the Henkel physicians as they share medical cases, professional rivalries and the experience of the Civil War.
Taubman Health Sciences Library, 1135 Catherine St. Free. thlibrary@umich.edu http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/digicolls/henkel/index.html [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"How to Develop Social Skills in Children and Teens": Clonlara School.

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Talk by speech-language pathologist Janice Pagano. Part of Clonlara's lecture series "Understanding Your Child's Uniqueness."
9 a.m., 1289 Jewett. Free. 796-4511. [map]
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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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 10-11:30 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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 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Story Times: Dexter District Library.

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Every Mon.-Thurs., Mar. 25-May 16. Includes toddler story time (Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.) for ages 18 mo.-3 years, preschool story time (Mon. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m. and Tues. 1 p.m.) for ages 3-5, and a combined toddler/preschool story time (Wed. 11:30 a.m.).
Various times, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required beginning Mar. 11. 426-4477. [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.  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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 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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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Way-Back Room: A Memoir of a Detroit Childhood": Chelsea District Library.

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Madonna University language and literature professor Mary Minock reads from her new memoir.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 3:30 p.m. 

"Brooklyn Castle": Michigan Theater.

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(Katie Dellamaggiore, 2012). Documentary about a junior high school champion chess team.
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. 668-TIME. [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! 

Carmlelita Tropicana: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Talk by this performance artist who uses her irreverent sense of humor to rewrite history from the view points of women, men, children, and assorted animals and insects.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), modern constructed (Thurs.), standard constructed (Fri.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

2013 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam: The Neutral Zone.

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Readings by youth poets battling ferociously for one of the 6 coveted spots on the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team, which competes in the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago this summer. Note: The preliminary rounds began on Mar. 14.
6:30 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $7 (students, $5). 214-9995. [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Two Cooking! at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Come with a friend, a date, or a family member and work together to prepare and then enjoy this feast! Tonight's theme: Ultimate Breakfast for Dinner! Menu: Crunchy-Crusted Yeast Raised Belgian Waffles with Homemade Berry Syrup and Vanilla Bean Chantilly Cream; Huevos Rancheros with Salsa Verde, Cotija Cheese, Avocado, Black Beans, and Fresh Corn Tortillas; Salmon Hash with Fresh Herbs and Creme Fraiche; Spicy Sweet Glazed Bacon; Sweet Tea Infusions with Citrus, Herbs, and Berries. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 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-17 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Feeling Better: Herbal Tonics, Homeopathy, & Flower Essences": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Gap Yah": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 28-30. Declan Sheahan and Nicole Gellman direct students in Sheahan's comedy (see Mar. 18 "Playfest" listing) about 4 British students leaving behind their troubled home lives to travel to India, where one of the group's love for tiddlywinks sparks an adventure that re-defines their relationships with themselves, each other, and beyond.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Lend Me a Tenor": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Mar. 31), Mar. 28-Apr. 14. Tobin Hissong directs this local professional company in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Cast Sebstian Gerstner, Thalia Schramm, Paul Hopper, Barbara Coven, Brian Sage, Tara Tomcsik, Angela Miller, and Elliott Styles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Apr. 11), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (members & seniors, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Parasites in You": Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Lecture by Nutritional Healing Center nutritionist Kerry Cradit.
7 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration recommended. 975-4500. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"This Close": Nicola's Books.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, writer Jessica Francis Kane, an Ann Arbor native, discusses her new collection of short stories, a witty and poignant look at the ways everyday patterns can, over time, make a life swerve off course. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:20 p.m. 

"Barbara": Michigan Theater.

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(Christian Petzold). Drama set in 1980s East Germany about a doctor who's banished to a small country hospital after applying for an exit visa. German, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Ariadne auf Naxos": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

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Mar. 28-31: U-M theatre professor Kay Walker Castaldo directs U-M opera students in Richard Strauss's popular opera-within-an-opera about 2 groups of musicians-one a burlesque troupe and one an opera company set to perform a serious opera about the Cretan princess Ariadne after her abandonment by Theseus on Naxos-who are summoned as after-dinner entertainment to the home of the richest man in Vienna, where they are required to present their performances simultaneously. The result is an improbable but satisfying merger of slapstick hilarity with gorgeous music.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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.  Free! 

Lindsay Brown and Jessica Post: U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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Mar. 28-30. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by these 2 U-M dance MFA candidates.
8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5461. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Nick Anthony: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 28-30. This young comic from Minnesota is a zany storyteller with a wry, edgy take on life. 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). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: The Ark.

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San Francisco-based ensemble fronted by singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen that plays a quirky, infectiously rhythmic brand of folk-rock. Spin calls its new single "Holly Roller" a "lusty yet flighty song … an intricate, enigmatically charming creation." The band has a brand-new CD, We the Common. Opening act is Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, a Portland (OR) rock 'n' roll quartet led by Ford, an Asheville-bred singer-songwriter whose songs evince what Avett Brothers singer Seth Avett calls "the rare quality of somehow combining fun with emotional and artistic integrity."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at 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.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Christopher James Lees conducts this music student ensemble in works TBA.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: 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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Truman Show": U-M Philosophy Department.

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Screening of Peter Weir's 1998 fantasy-drama starring Jim Carrey as an insurance salesman who discovers his entire life is a TV show. Followed by a panel discussion with U-M philosophy professors.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
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