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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 2, 2013






 
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"To the Wonder": Michigan Theater.

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Tentative. (Terrence Malick, 2012). Drama about an American who falls in love on a trip to Paris and asks the woman and her daughter to accompany him back to Oklahoma, where an old flame complicates his new relationship. Stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, & Javier Bardem.
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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 1-5, 8-12, & 15-19. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. The shows culminate on May 19 with the exciting "Hunter Derby" finals (updated schedule at hjam.net). Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287.
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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 a.m.  Free! 

Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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In these Thursday morning sessions, you will learn a practice somewhat similar to Chinese acupressure but which also draws on the wisdom of ancient yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. You can decide what would be of the most benefit to you, whether weekly sessions or a class now and then. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion and a blanket. Instructor Ramesh Narula has been practicing yoga and meditation for 58 years and has facilitated workshops in 12 countries. The class is free; a donation to the Ann Arbor Senior Center is welcome.
An Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Free. (734) 794-6250. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Our Food Supply: A Complicated Story": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. Apr. 11-May 16. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Apr. 11: U-M Museum of Anthropology associate curator Richard Redding on "The History of Food."

Apr. 18: U-M ecology & evolutionary biology professor Catherine Badgley on "Feeding a Hungry Planet: Crisis and Opportunity."

Apr. 25: MSU sociology professor Lawrence Busch on "Examining the Food Chain."

May 2: U-M ecology & evolutionary biology professor emeritus Gerald Smith on "The Fisheries Crisis and Its Impact on the World Food System."

May 9: MSU biosystems engineering professor Bradley Marks on "Food Safety: Whose Job Is It?"

May 16: Food Gatherers president Eileen Spring and Slow Food Huron Valley president Kim Bayer on "Good Food for All: Community Food Security in Washtenaw County."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of Last Night's Dream": Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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May 2 & 7. All invited to join a discussion of Rodger Kamenetz's book that encourages spiritual interpretations of dreams.
Noon-1:30 p.m. (May 2) & 7:30-9 p.m. (May 7), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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May 2: Vintage American pop by Etcetera. May 9: R&B, Motown, and country by the Danireé Duo. May 16: Classic jazz by the Equinox Jazz Trio. May 23: Gospel music by Our Own Thing Chorale. May 30: Classical music by guitarist Michael Casher and soprano Carrie Wilson.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Poetry Workshop: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

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Come to the Ann Arbor CIL for a series of Poetry Workshops this May designed to teach you about poetry and explore and develop your creative writing skills. Join other writers in your community as you work towards better expressing yourself through words. There is a $5 registration fee that covers all four weeks of classes. Scholarships Available.
Class Schedule:
History of Poetry- May 2nd 1-3PM
Types of Poetry- May 9th 1-3PM
Poetic Devices- May 16th 1-3PM
Function and Symbolism- May 30th 1-3 PM
Please Register by Thursday, May 2nd
Contact Melissa at (734)971-0277 x27 or melissa@aacil.org with questions or to register.
United States, 3941 Research Park Drive. $5. melissa@aacil.org. melissa@aacil.org www.annarborcil.org [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Cinco de Mayo Fest": Saline District Library.

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All youth grades 6-12 invited to make mini sombreros and clothespin dolls, eat authentic Mexican snacks, and hit a piņata, in celebration of Mexico's May 5th national holiday.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 5-8:30 p.m. 

"Flight Night": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics include "Italian Wines for Spring" (May 2), "American White Blends" (May 9), "South American Reds" (May 16), "American Red Blends for Summer" (May 23), and "Grilling Wines" (May 30).
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Fer de Lance Field Hockey Spring Training Session.

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Spring training sessions for U19, U16, U14, & U12 field hockey players.
U19 & U16 6-7:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays April 23-May 23.
U14 & U12 6-7 pm on Tuesdays April 23-May 23.
Pre-registation fee are cheaper than drop in rates. Space is limited. Please see our website for more details.
University of Michigan Ocker Field, 1202 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $35-$40. 5704284171. maren.langford@me.com www.ferdelancehc.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

U-M Softball vs. Wisconsin.

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May 2-4.
6 p.m. (May 2), 2 p.m. (May 3), & 1 p.m. (May 4), Alumni Field (behind Ray Fisher Stadium), S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Evening C Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through North Campus, Barton Hills, and scenic roads northeast of town.
6 p.m., Fuller Pool parking lot, Fuller Rd. east of Maiden Ln. Free. 717-9583.
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Membership Meeting: Slow Food Huron Valley.

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Club members discuss their plans for the year and the Ark of Taste, a national catalog of foods in danger of extinction. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to pass & your own tableware).
6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Train Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. Free. slowfoodhuronvalley.com. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"External Storage Drives": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff explain the pros and cons of the variety of external storage devices from external hard drives to USB drives and discuss the best ways to back up personal data.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $5. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Evita": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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May 2-4. Encore artistic director Dan Cooney stars in a concert featuring music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's pop opera chronicling Eva Peron's rise from poverty to political power.
7 p.m. (May 2), 8 p.m. (May 3 & 4), & 3 p.m. (May 4), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Finding and Organizing Recipes Using Pinterest": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show how to create and manage recipe-based image collections using this pinboard-style photo-sharing website.
7-9 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch training center, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Living Together": Nicola's Books.

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National Book Award-winning writer Gloria Whelan discusses her new collection of short stories, from the Made in Michigan writers series, that explore the unexpected and sometimes amazing ways we live together. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Take a Hike!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the popular 147-acre Bird Hills Nature Area to look for its plentiful wildlife and learn about ecological restoration.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Newport just north of M-14. Free. 327-8301.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

30th Anniversary Concert: Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta directs the choir in a program highlighted by Liberator, Karl Osterland's work, commissioned for the occasion, that was inspired by the Willow Run Bomber Plant's manufacture of the WWII B-24 "Liberator." YCC alumni are invited to sing along with "With a Voice of Singing," one of the group's signature songs.
7:30 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 201 North River, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations welcome. 481-9285. [map]
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 7:30 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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"World Travels": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich directs this 70-member volunteer ensemble in works from around the world. The program is highlighted by music from Bizet's Carmen, with flute soloist Beth Wondolowski. The band is joined by the Whitmore Lake High School Band for a finale of Kalinnikov's Symphony in G minor. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Billy Ray Bauer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 12 & 13 (contingent on availability of new location; updates at aacomedy.com). This dynamic Detroit jokester uses a fine repertoire of voices and dialects to tell fresh, lively stories, often drawn from his experiences as the father of 4 boys. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 reserved seating in advance, $13 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Steven Lugerner, & Matt Endahl: Canterbury House.

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Triple bill. Brooklyn (NY)-based baritone saxophonist Parzen-Johnson performs Michiana, his collection of compositions that are influenced by Appalachian folk music. The Philadelphia City Paper says, "His unaccompanied playing captures the sentiment of an old Polaroid, long-ago happiness fading into the melancholy of memory." San Francisco- and NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Lugerner performs originals with improvisation. The L.A. Times describes his work as "knotty, patiently developing pieces that can sound reminiscent of classical music or moodily unsettled free improvisation." Local jazz pianist and composer Endahl performs experimental works.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [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. 

"For Pete's Sake: A Pete Seeger Birthday Tribute and Memorial": The Ark.

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A celebration of the legacy of the folk legend who died in January features in-the-round performances, with lots of sing-alongs and between-song stories. The all-star lineup of area singer-songwriters includes Chris Buhalis, Annie & Rod Capps, Sally Potter, Billy King, Magdalen Fossum, and Gemini, an acoustic trio now that twin brothers Laszlo and Sandor Slomovits have been joined by San's daughter Emily. A benefit for the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest.
8-10 p.m. (May) & 9-10:30 p.m. (June-Aug.), Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. 475-8732. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!": Quality 16.

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Live videocast of the weekly taping of popular NPR news-based comedy quiz show hosted by Peter Sagal. With announcer Carl Cassell and guest panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, and Tom Bodett. The broadcast is reshown on tape on May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
8 p.m. (May 2) & 7:30 p.m. (May 7), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $22 (May 2) & $18 (May 7) in advance at gqti.com/waitwait.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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