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Saturday, April 27, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Ambassador Training: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

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Outgoing individuals with an interest in gardening and the outdoors invited to participate in training to become a garden ambassador at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Training provides an overview of visitor services etiquette, general way-finding, and the Gardens' most popular points of interest. Two training sessions: Wed., April 24 or Sat., April 27, 9 am-4 pm, with lunch break. Preregistration required.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 734-647-7600. http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/default.asp [map]
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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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 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"The Invisible War": American Association of University Women Advancing Advocacy in Unique Ways Convention.

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Screening of this Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual abuse of women in the military. Followed by a panel discussion on advocacy against violence with senator Carl Levin and Kori Cioca, a plaintiff featured in the film. Lunch. Part of the AAUW's 2-day convention, Advancing Advocacy in Unique Ways (Apr. 27 & 28; $80; students, $50).
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson. $25 (includes admission to the panel discussion and lunch; film only, $10) in advance by emailing sallyaauw@gmail.com. 332-0390. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Rug Hookers Show: Southern Michigan Rug Hookrafters.

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Show of hooked rugs, made by pulling loops of yarn through burlap, and sale of hooked rug supplies.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $10 admission; $20 includes lunch and Hook In. smrughooking@yahoo.com. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Westie Club of Southeastern Michigan 28th Annual Specialty Show: West Highland White Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan.

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West Highland White Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan Annual Specialty Show (an AKC conformation club) on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Ann Arbor Dog Training Center in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. 2013 show theme is "Wild, Wild Westies." Show hours from 10 am to 2 pm. Premises open at 7:30 am. Complete details available at http://westieclubmi.com/2013specialty
Ann Arbor Dog Training Center, 1575 E. North Territorial Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. evansangela.4116@gmail.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"9th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes": National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

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Apr. 27 & 28. Tour of 14 area homes with remodeled kitchens, baths, and more.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Apr. 27) & noon-6 p.m. (Apr. 28), various locations. Tickets $10 (kids, free). Maps available at narisemich.org. 926-0178.
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.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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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Group: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Apr. 13 & 27. Indoor and outdoor activities and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Garlic Mustard Pull": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a search-and-destroy mission against this aggressive invasive plant.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve (Apr. 20), north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner; Miller-Smith Preserve (Apr. 27), Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter; Park Lyndon south (Apr. 28), east parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter; County Farm Park (May 4), Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Apr. 27 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

May 12 (1 p.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers.

May 18 (7:30 a.m.): "Bird Hike." A hike to look for birds in a variety of habitats. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

June 22 (11 a.m.): "No Child Left Inside: Amazing Amphibians." Discussion and display of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.

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Various times, park activity center (for fishing event, meet at the Rapids View Area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 (except as noted). Preregistration required. Moms free for Wildflower Walk. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. All kids invited.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Slow Art Day": UMMA.

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All invited to view a collection of pre-selected works of art at your own pace, then join a discussion of the works with UMMA docents. Bring a bag lunch. Part of an annual event held around the world.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free, but preregistration required at slowartday.com. 764-0395. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a very relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. hac_ultimate@ameritech.net, 846-9418.
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 Noon-4:30 p.m. 

"Giulio Cesare": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Handel's Baroque opera about the relationship between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Stars the world's leading countertenor David Daniels, and soprano Natalie Dessay. The broadcast is reprised on tape May 15 & 16 (see listings).
Noon-4:30 p.m., 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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 Noon-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Inside|Out Art Tours": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through June 23. Docents lead 30-minute walking tours of public art, with special emphasis on the reproductions of famous artworks that have been temporarily installed by the Detroit Institute of Arts. See http://www.dia.org/assets/pdf/insideout/spring2013/AnnArbor.pdf for a map of all the installations in town.
Noon-2:30 p.m., begin at AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free. 995-5439. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Creekshead Preserve Stewardship Workday: Legacy Land Conservancy.

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We are lucky to have this beautiful, invasive-free woodland preserve. Join us at this workday to plant native shrubs along the border to fight off invading buckthorn and improve privacy for our neighbors.
Creekshead Preserve, Curtis Road between Brookville and Spring Creek Lane. Free. info@legacylandconservancy.org legacylandconservancy.org
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 1-5 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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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 20, 21, 27, & 28. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Apr. 20 & 21: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Apr. 27 & 28: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"The Fisherman and His Wife": Performance Network Children's Theater Network.

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Becky Fox directs Paul VanderRoest and Kerry Graves' musical adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale about a fisherman whose life is complicated when a mermaid who gets tangled in his fishing line grants him 3 wishes. Cast: Jeremy Salvatori, Carrie Wilson, and Gayle Martin.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (age 16 & under, $7) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 1 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 6 & 20 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 13 & 27 and Oct. 4, 11, & 18 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 11 & 18 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 18 (11 a.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 22 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Beyond Boundaries: Sparking the Imagination": Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers in a program highlighted by Act II of her adaptation of Marius Petipa's 1895 choreography of Swan Lake, of Tchaikovsky's beloved tragic ballet about a prince who falls in love with the swan-maiden Odette, and her adaptation of excerpts from Petipa's 1869 ballet Don Quixote. Also, Benny!, DuBois's setting of Benny Goodman's performance of "One O'Clock Jump," along with premieres of jazz dances by Carrie Schotte and Maddy Prebola, the premiere of Alyssa Alger's contemporary ballet (with music by Strauss) Tutu Puffs and Ballet Fluffs, and more.
2 & 7 p.m., Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15 (students, $10) in advance at youthdancetheatre.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"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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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Neighbor Day": 826michigan.

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All invited to try a writing exercise and to make a button using the button machine. Refreshments and sales.
2-3:30 p.m., Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, 115 E. Liberty. Free. 761-3463. [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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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

AAWA Artists Demonstration: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Carolyn Weins, Pastel Artist - Artist Demonstration:
Come join us for an artist demonstration with Carolyn Weins, Pastel Artist. Carolyn is an accomplished Pastel Artist who has received several awards for her work. She is a member of The Great Lakes Pastel Society, The Michigan Guild, Ann Arbor Women Artists, Chelsea Painters, and Ann Arbor Area Pastelists. We are very pleased to have Carolyn conducting an artist demonstration for our membership. She will set up her easel and work on a pastel painting starting from the beginning. She will explain as she goes along, and there will be plenty of time for questions. Carolyn will have several of her pastel paintings on display in the RAC gallery, so people will be able to see samples of her work. http://www.carolynweins.com/
Riverside Arts Center Gallery, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 4819, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 480-2787. www.annarborwomenartists.org [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Building Alliances Among Animal, Environmental, and Social Justice Activists Discussion: VegMichigan.

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3:00 PM - Pattrice Jones, "Building Alliances Among Animal, Environmental, and Social Justice Activists"; Author talk and book-signing at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. (Westgate Shopping Center, Ann Arbor. Thinking about factory farming, climate change, and all of the many ways people are recklessly cruel to each other and other animals, it's easy to feel discouraged. But there are so many things that anybody can do to make a difference!
Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. Free. renee@vegmichgian.org www.annarborvegweek.org [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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 3 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Building Alliances among Animal, Environmental, and Social Justice Activists": Nicola's Books.

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Talk by activist and writer Pattrice Jones. Part of Ann Arbor Veg Week (see Apr. 22 listing).
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Unforgettable Dinnerware": The Dinnerware Museum.

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Reception for the inaugural exhibition for this new museum. Refreshments. The exhibit is on display through May 17. Museum hours are daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
4-7 p.m., Ladies' Literary Club of Ypsilanti, 128 N. Washington. Free. dinnerwaremuseum.org, (607) 382-1415. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Local Language Choices, Broader Social Change: St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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Professor Anne Curzan (UM Department of English Language & Literature) will speak on "Local Language Choices, Broader Social Change" as the inaugural speaker in the Richard W. Bailey Memorial Speaker Series. Professor Bailey was a long time and beloved member of St. Clare's and this speaker series was endowed in his honor. Professor Curzan's talk will be followed by a reception. All are welcome.
St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard St. Free. 734-662-2449. welcome@saintclareschurch.org www.saintclareschurch.org/ [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Texas Hold 'Em: Saline American Legion.

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Poker tournament. Prizes. Refreshments.
5 p.m. (registration begins at 4:30 p.m.), American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $50. 429-7310. [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 p.m. 

Fly Away III: Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc.

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A buffet dinner and silent auction to benefit the Bird Center and help wild birds. Buffet will include meat, fish, and vegetarian options. A plated vegan dinner is available with advance notice.
Registration by April 22nd. Pay on our web site www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org or contact Georgette Hansen at (734) 475-2245 or keithgette@gmail.com.
Silent Auction items may be paid for with cash, check, or credit card.
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan. $50. (734) 475-2245. birdcenter@comcast.net www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org [map]
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 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Fourth Friday Shabbat Service and Potluck: Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah.

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Community welcome to attend musical Kabbalat Shabbat services. Pizza nosh for children and childcare provided during services from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Services are followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Reservations preferred, especially for pizza and childcare. Please call (734) 445-1910 or email Jennifer Cohen via website at www.aarecon.org/contact-us.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor 48108. Free. (734) 445-1910. www.aarecon.org [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Readings: One Pause Poetry/Nicola's Books.

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Readings by the top 5 poets in the One Pause Ann Arbor Area High School Poetry Contest. In honor of National Poetry Month. One Pause Poetry will record the reading, and the poet's winning poems as part of their national mp3 project.
6:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

4th Saturday Contra & Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Reuven AnafShalom, Ed Vincent, and Marlin Whitaker call to live music by the Panther Hollow String Band from Pittsburgh. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 994-6494. [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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 7:30 p.m. 

"Shrek": Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 27 & 28 and May 3-5. Alex Kip directs students in David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat."
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 27 and May 3 & 4) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 28 and May 4 & 5), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10) in advance and at the door. 994-2191. [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. 

"Season Finale of Mahler's Symphony No. 6": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in Mahler's relentlessly bleak, visceral 6th Symphony, which Mahler's wife once said came "more directly from his heart than any other of his works." It is considered one of the most difficult pieces in the orchestral repertoire.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10-$58 (discounts for students & seniors) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [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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"Trojan Women (after Euripides)": University Musical Society.

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Apr. 27 & 28. The respected American ensemble-based theater company SITI Company-founded in 1992 by avant garde director Anne Bogart and Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki-performs Jocelyn Clarke's adaptation of Euripides' ancient anti-war tragedy, The Trojan Women. Directed by Bogart, the play explores the plight of the Trojan royal family's women after the invading Greek army has destroyed their city and murdered their husbands and sons. In Clarke's stark, nuanced version, the original chorus of women has been replaced by a eunuch priest, and the characters are imbued with 21st century sensibilities less given to pathos. "When the floodgates do finally open up in [Clarke's] insightful adaptation, the result is that much more devastating," writes a New York Times reviewer.
8 p.m. (Apr. 27) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 28), Power Center. Tickets $18-$48 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and at the door. 764-2538.
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Listen! Percussion Group.

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World premiere performance of "Locomotion," a new percussion quartet by Dave Hollinden.

Listen! Percussion Group
Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 769-2999
Saturday, April 27, 8:30 PM

This is a free event.

Listen! Percussion Group (Jon Brown, Paul Owen, Joshua Graham, Darren Lin) and Ad Astra Percussion (Von Hansen, Luke Dull, Tai-Jung Tsai, Mai Tadokoro) are two innovative and dynamic chamber ensembles, both composed of young artists committed to commissioning new works for percussion. Having been fortunate enough to work with him previously, the primary composer of interest for both ensembles was Dave Hollinden. Approached with the idea of writing what would be his third quartet for percussion, Dave expressed equal enthusiasm for the project. Listen! Percussion Group will be performing "Locomotion" in Ann Arbor while Ad Astra Percussion performs it simultaneously in Lawrence, Kansas.

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. Free. Donation. (734) 769-2999. www.davehollinden.com [map]
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