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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 29, 2013






 
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"The Gatekeepers": Michigan Theater.

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(Dror Moreh, 2012). Documentary that features interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the highly secretive Israeli security agency. At the State Theater.
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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 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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 9:30 a.m. 

Yoga Awakening: Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Come join us to strengthen, stretch, restore and renew yourself! Yoga Awakening is a slow-to-moderate vinyasa flow class that blends elements of several yoga styles, with a focus on healthy posture, balanced strength, flexibility, and calming meditation/relaxation. Taught by instructor Kimberley Carl, who has 15+ years of experience. Yoga mat required, small fleece blanket, block and strap suggested. This is a free/donation-based class, with 100% of the proceeds donated to local and national charities.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO class on March 19 & 22.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Road. Donation. 734-761-9320. wpcoffice@westpresa2.org westpresa2.org [map]
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 10:15 & 11:15 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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 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! 

Quilting for a Cause: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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The Ann Arbor YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with an ongoing volunteer project: Quilting for a Cause. Learn to up-cycle t-shirts into blankets for local shelters. No sewing experience is necessary - there's lots to do without a needle - and if you want to learn to sew we can teach you. We will meet every Friday from 11am to 12:30pm.
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"All Ages Drop-In Craft": Dexter District Library.

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All kids invited to make an Easter craft.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Teens DIY": Dexter District Library.

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All youth grades 5-12 invited to make crafts. Mar. 29: Egg decorating. Apr. 4: "Duct Tape Redux." Apr. 20: Repurposed pins. May 11: Mother's Day card and homemade hand scrub. June 8: Father's Day card and candy dish.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion of slavery and freedom in Judaism and the Haggadah, a text for the Passover Seder that recounts the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

"Performing the Other: A Symposium on Cultural Exchanges Between China and Africa": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Mar. 29 & 30. Chinese musicians perform music with African roots, and African musicians perform music with Chinese roots. Performers include Chinese opera singer Maria Kargbo of Sierra Leone, Cameroon martial arts master Dominique Saatenang, Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) faculty and students, and others TBA.
Noon, U-M campus locations TBA. Free. 936-2777.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Connections: Moms Group & Baby Play Group: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Connections is a place for babies and those who care for them to meet and enjoy one another. We encourage new and expecting parents, grandparents, and nannies to come enjoy the benefits of getting to know others who have recently birthed or who are caring for babies or young children. Other caregivers are a wealth of support and information, and Connections is designed to be a place where you can share, and glean from others.
Some of the groups will also feature a brief class from a Hygeia practitioner. These sessions will offer information that will enhance your well-being or skills as a caregiver, benefiting you and your baby! All Hygeia practitioners believe in the importance of strong joyful attachment between caregivers and babies, and are skilled in various ways to enhance your health, overall wellness, and understanding of your baby.
Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30pm. We recognize that getting places on time with a baby can be a challenge. Please come when you can!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Love and Honor": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Mooney, 2013). When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his girlfriend, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL to get her back.
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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 4:30-5:45 p.m. 

Drop-In Ringette: Buhr Park Arena/Ann Arbor Ringette.

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Ringette Drop-in is happening at Buhr Park Arena starting in January!
Drop-in dates/times are as follows:
Friday, January 25, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 8, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 29, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
FULL HOCKEY/RINGETTE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! We should have a few Ringette sticks available but bring one if you have one. A hockey shaft with no blade would work (but isn't ideal). This is an all ages drop-in for both girls/women and boys/men. The cost will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be no formal instruction at these drop-in sessions. Ann Arbor Ringette will be there to go over rules for new people and to make sure players understand how to play, answer questions, etc. You can always join Ann Arbor Ringette if you want more instruction.
Questions? Email info@aaringette.org
What is Ringette you ask? Find out here: http://youtu.be/6qsSys5mkec
Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard. $5 Kids / $6 Adults. info@aaringette.org www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Arbor-Ringette/252681781457730 [map]
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 6 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Minnesota.

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Mar. 22-24. Mar. 30 is a doubleheader.
6 p.m. (Mar. 29), 4 p.m. (Mar. 30), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 31), Ray Fisher Stadium. $5 (youths age 12 & under, $3; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Beyond Scale": UMMA/U-M School of Music.

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Performances of new works inspired by the creative process of Florencia Pita, an artist whose work is currently on display at UMMA. U-M horn professor Adam Unsworth performs Kevin Ernste's Nisi for horn and electronics. Local soprano Jennifer Goltz premieres a work by University of Indiana professor (and U-M grad) John Berners in which a single line of text is sung, fragmented, breathed, spoken, explored, and shouted. U-M grad student ensemble Latitude 49 performs new works influenced by minimalism. Multimedia artist Carlos Garcia is joined by Goltz in the premiere of a new work that incorporates voice, electronics, and improvisation.
7 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7 & 11 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Show-and-Tell: Watching a Geisha Dance": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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U-M history lecturer Mariko Okada demonstrates Kyoto-style geisha dance and discusses and shows a video on choreography as a historical resource.
7-8:30 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-4301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Seven Last Words of Christ (A Tenebrae Service)": The Bach Chorale.

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George Dentel directs this local chorus, along with pianist and instrumentalists, in his own adaptation of Haydn's oratorio in its original function as a Good Friday Tenebrae service. The vocal movements are interspersed with readings from the Gospels.
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, S. State at William. Free, but donations for Peace Neighborhood Center suggested. george@washtenawcoc.org. 355-6358.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Passion of the Christ": Center of Light.

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This film depicts the last twelve hours of Jesus' life, His bond with Mother Mary, His love for the apostles, citizens, and even His enemies. The film depicts this incredible love that motivated Him to go through everything in order that our lives might be better. Filled with powerful scenes of aching beauty.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 734-205-7339. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Edward the Second": New Theatre Project.

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Every Fri.-Sun. in March. Keith Paul Medelis directs this local company in the premiere of Jason Sebacher's adaptation of Edward II, Marlowe's tragic history play about a na´ve young king whose reign is sabotaged by his obsession with his banished lover.In this version, Edward is an incorrigible party boy, not ready for the call of adulthood, who crashes in his late father's basement with his disreputable boyfriend, pushing to the breaking point the patience of his ambitious wife. Stars John Denyer, Chris Jakob, Artun Kircali, and Andrew Papa. Adult language and themes; audience members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at thenewtheatreproject.org and at the door. Mar. 1-3 are pay-what-you-can previews. 645-9776. [map]
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 8 p.m.  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 & 10:30 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. 

"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. 

"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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 8 p.m. 

"Good People": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 5), Feb. 21-Apr. 7. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony-nominated 2011 comic drama, a touching and funny look at America's large and growing economic divide. A dollar store employee in working-class Boston who loses her job and faces eviction from her apartment. In desperation, she reaches out to a high school boyfriend who had made it out of the neighborhood and invites herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. Stars Suzy Regan and Logan Ricket. The Mar. 17 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 9 & 23 and Apr. 6), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 21), $22 (Feb. 22, 24, & 28), and $30 (Feb. 12). Mar. 1 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 1: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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