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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 30, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"From Artifact to Art: Tibetan Paintings from the Himalayan Hills": UMMA.

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A daylong series of talks on the history of collecting Tibetan art and the role of paintings and other objects in Tibetan Buddhism. Speakers include University of Oxford anthropology professor Clare Harris, Northwestern University art history professor Robert Linrothe, and U-M curators Carla Sinopoli and Donald Lopez. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures. Followed at 2:30 p.m. by a guided tour of the exhibit.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. 764-0395. [map]
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 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mar. 10, 23, & 30. Hikes led by naturalist Faye Stoner. Mar. 10 (2-4 p.m.): "Green Things in Late Winter" (Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner). Dress warmly. Mar. 23 (7:30-9:30 p.m.): "Almost the Worm Moon" (Park Lyndon, north parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter), a night walk through wetlands, followed by hot drinks around a fire. Dress warmly. Mar. 30 (9-11 a.m.): "Dabblers and Divers: Migrating Waterfowl" (Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp.). A slide presentation on ducks, geese, grebes, and loons, followed by a hike to view them on the lake. Bring binoculars if you can.
Various times & locations. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 9 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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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.

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We will be hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast on March 30, from 10:00-11:30 am. We'll have a Bouncy House, Balloon Artists, prizes for finding eggs, Pony Rides and more. Please join us - rain or shine.
Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, 2275 Platt Rd. Free. 734-477-9135, ext. 117. diane.sonda@annarborvineyard.org http://annarborvineyard.org/ [map]
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 10-11 a.m..  Free! 

"Family Science: Can You Feel the Beat?": U-M Natural History Museum/Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 17 & 30. U-M Natural History Museum staff explain to kids in grades K-5 (accompanied by an adult) what makes music the universal language, what makes some instruments more common than others, and why some noises sound strange or get us excited.
1-2 p.m. (Mar. 17), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes, & 10-11 a.m. (Mar. 30), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Free. 764-0480, 327-8301. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Harpsichord Saturday": U-M School of Music.

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An opportunity to play and listen to harpsichords and a clavichord. Informal lessons. Recitals by U-M music professor Edward Parmentier and U-M harpsichord students Francis Yun and Nathan Mondry.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2058 U-M Music School, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 10-10:40 a.m. 

"Tiny Toes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Former Louisville Ballet Civic Company dancer Morgan Grubola leads a dancing program for infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) based on her book, Tiny Toes: A Creative Movement Class for Young Children.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Saline Eggstravaganza: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Families start at Busch's Fresh Food Market, 565 E. Michigan Ave, Saline, MI, 48176, to pick up an egg hunt trail map. There will be three different trails that kids can follow and pick up an egg filled with a treat. All three trails end at Mickey's Dairy Twist, 751 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Four winners will be drawn from the completed trail maps turned in at Mickey's for Easter Baskets filled with items from local merchants. The Easter Bunny will be in town visiting the businesses along the trails. Sponsored by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, www.salinechamber.org, 734-429-4494
Busch's Fresh Food, 565 E. Michigan Avenue, Saline. Free. 734-429-4494. office@salinechamber.org www.salinechamber.org [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.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All ages invited to bring knitting projects to work on. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($5.50; age 60 & over, $3; reservations required).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Spring Eggstravaganza: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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Easter egg hunts for kids ages 12 & under accompanied by a parent. Also, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, games, dancing and more.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. Free, but donations accepted for Alpha House. a2jaycees.org, 531-9626. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Mar. 30 program only is followed by a visit from Peter Rabbit.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Eggstravaganza": Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All children invited to visit local businesses to gather eggs and enter for a chance to win an Easter basket.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Busch's shopping center, 565 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-4494. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 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  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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry!": Cherry Republic.

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Every Sat., Feb. 9-Mar. 30. Cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Grizzly Peak (Feb. 9), Melange (Feb. 16), Lena (Feb. 23), Tios (Mar. 2), The Melting Pot (Mar. 9), Gratzi (Mar. 16), Habana Cellar Lounge (Mar. 23), and Conor O'Neill's (Mar. 30). Tastings.
2-4 p.m., Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main. Free. 585-5231. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Old Boy": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Screening of Park Chanwook's 2003 film about a young man who is drugged and kidnapped in front of his house. After a 15-year imprisonment, he's released without explanation. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Sahana Presents: Swaranjali: Michigan Sahana: Indian Classical Music and Dance.

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Michigan Sahana: Indian Classical Music and Dance is a group of Indian classical artists who attend the University of Michigan.
Come enjoy an afternoon of classical art forms from around India at our annual spring concert, Swaranjali!
There will be Hindustani and Carnatic music performances as well as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and other classical dance performances!
As always, admission is free.
We hope to see you there!
Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. michigansahana@umich.edu www.michigansahana.com [map]
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 3 & 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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 4 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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 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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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing.

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Balkan and Scandinavian dancing to live music by Veselba. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [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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 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. 

Frank Fairfield: The Ark.

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Young California folkie steeped in the pre-WWII Americana of the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs. Accompanying himself on fiddle, guitar, or banjo and singing in a reedy tenor, he performs old-time hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs, and murder ballads, along with some agile originals.
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! 

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. 

U-M Creative Arts Orchestra: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Mark Kirschenmann directs this adventurous music student jazz improvisation ensemble, which is joined tonight by acclaimed composer-pianist Thollem McDonas.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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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