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Friday, April 26, 2013






 
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"The Company You Keep": Michigan Theater.

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(Robert Redford, 2012). Thriller about a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist. Stars Robert Redford.
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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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

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10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.--SOLD OUT 

"Charlotte's Web": Wild Swan Theater.

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Apr. 25-28. This award-winning local children's theater presents Jeff Duncan's adaptation of E. B. White's beloved tale of a friendship between the young pig Wilbur and the remarkable spider who helps him win a blue ribbon at the fair and saves his life. Appropriate for kids in grades K-5. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: the Apr. 25 & 26 performances are sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Apr. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 27 & 28), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Whitmore Lake Coffee Break": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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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.  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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 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [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 the march to the Torah from Passover to Shavuot and the intersection between religion and science. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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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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 5-8 p.m. 

Artistica 4th Friday Art Shows.

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Exhibits and demonstrations by various local and regional artists. Refreshments. Mar. 22: Ardyth Paganone demonstrates how to make pysanky, eggs decorated with traditional folk motifs using a wax batik method. Apr. 26: Jewelry artist Terri Ritter discusses kumihimo, the samurai art of braiding.
5-8 p.m., Artistica, 3203 Broad, Dexter. 426-1500. [map]
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 6 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Lightworks Festival": U-M Screen Arts & Cultures.

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Apr. 26 & 27 (different programs). A smorgasbord of short films in various genres that are the culminating term projects for U-M film students.
6 p.m.-midnight, U-M Natural Science Auditorium. Free. 763-4087.
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 26, 27, & 28. Video game tournaments. Prizes.

Apr. 26: "All-Stars Battle Royale." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.

Apr. 27: "GT Smash Kart." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up. Also, prizes for trivia, outrageous outfits, and more. Pizza dinner.

Apr. 28: "Pokemania!" Pokeman tournament for all ages. Bring your own Nintendo DS game console and a pre-2010 Pokemon video game (no black or white) with Pokemon under 30 for qualifying rounds.

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6-8:30 p.m. (Apr. 26) & 1-5 p.m. (Apr. 27 & 28), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

24Fit Camp: A2 Turbos.

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Kicking off our FREE spring fitness challenge. This is a 4-week fitness challenge that includes 12 smart strength/cardio trainings, 2 fitness evaluations (beginning and end), 1 extreme challenge and loads of fun! All fitness levels welcome. Register online by April 8 (spaces are limited) at 24fitcamp.tumblr.com
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 202-570-4013. laurarpasek@gmail.com http://24fitcamp.tumblr.com/ [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Date Night! at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun INDIAN menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Spicy Pea and Potato Samosas with Cilantro Chutney; Homemade Paneer Chana Masala; Shrimp Korma Curry; Naan Bread, Steamed Basmati Rice, Homemade Raita; Mango & Lime Lassi. 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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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Vegan* Community Potluck: VegMichigan.

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6:30 PM - Vegan* Community Potluck with special guest Pattrice Jones, author and co-founder of VINE Sanctuary, at Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor. Join us for a vegan* potluck and hear Pattrice Jones tell stories about her experience founding and running VINE Sanctuary, which provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy, and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfighting. *Vegan means plant-based foods only--no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. renee@vegmichgian.org www.annarborvegweek.org [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Book Discussion.

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All invited to discuss Joanna Macy's new book about how to cope with the global ecological crisis.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Black Comedy": Chelsea High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 26-28. Carrie Jay Sayer directs Chelsea High students in Peter Shaffer's hilarious farce about an unscrupulous sculptor who tries to impress his fiancee's pompous father, a wealthy art buyer, by embellishing his apartment with furniture and objets d'art illicitly borrowed from an absent antique dealer next door. When the neighbor returns just as a blown fuse plunges his apartment into darkness, the sculptor's frantic attempts to return the items before light is restored are impeded by seated guests, unexpected visitors, lurking phone cords, and other snares.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-2932. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Thrive" An Extraordinary Documentary: Center of Light.

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THRIVE is a powerful unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future. A must-see for peace activists wanting to raise the consciousness of the planet, because the best way to predict the future is to be a part of making it...
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org www.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Aida": Skyline High School.

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Apr. 26-28. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Elton John and Tim Rice's pop-rock musical, based on the Verdi opera about the forbidden love between an Egyptian soldier and an enslaved princess, that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers. Cast: Hannah Lehker, Rachel Xydis, Nathan Grosh, Emajae Woodley, Alex Kime, Dante Hill, Josh Krivan.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6; VIP tickets, $25) in advance at showtix4u.com, $12 (students & seniors, $8) and at the door. 994-6515. [map]
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On December 14, 2012, Anne-Marie Roberts wrote:
Aida has been rescheduled for April 26 - 28, 2013


 7:30 p.m. 

"Macbeth": Huron High School Players.

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Apr. 26 & 27 and May 3 & 4. Students perform one of Shakespeare's best-known and most influential tragedies, the bloody tale of a Scottish lord and his ambitious wife.
7:30 p.m., Huron High New Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (students & seniors, $6) in advance and at the door. 994-2095. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Drew Nelson: The Ark.

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Local Americana singer-songwriter, a Grand Rapids native whose roots-rock story songs are praised by Americana UK critic Jeremy Searle for their "dusty eloquence and a rural blue-collar sensibility." He has just released his debut Red House CD, Tilt-a-Whirl.
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. 

Laurie McClain: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Nashville-based country-folk singer-songwriter known for the disarmingly untamed sweetness of her singing and the offbeat, unguarded visionary reach of her lyrical sensibility. "Laurie's songs explore the themes of identity, growth, friendship and love in a way that always honors the fundamental mysteries of the human journey," says novelist J.M. Kearns.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Penelope Crawford: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This internationally acclaimed local fortepianist performs Beethoven's Sonata in F-sharp major and Sonata in A major, and Schumann's Kinderszenen and Arabesque.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m 

The Sklar Brothers: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 26 & 27. Fast-paced tag-team stand-up comedy by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, U-M grads now based in L.A. who are best known as the stars of the History Channel's The United States of America. Their material ranges from topical humor to parodies of commercials and other contemporary cultural phenomena. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 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. 

"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. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.

The May 19 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.

The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.

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7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $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. 

"Viva la Musica Barocca Italiana!": Grand Valley Baroque (Academy of Early Music).

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This western Michigan early-music ensemble, the only one of its kind in that area that plays period instruments, performs works by 17th- and 18th-century Italian composers, including Fantini, Rossi, Viviani, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Vivaldi. Musicians include soprano Kathryn Stieler, harpsichordist Greg Crowell, baroque cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia, and baroque trumpeter Jimmy Leach. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $20 (seniors, $17; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org & Nicola's Books (Westgate shopping center), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838.
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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, 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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