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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 4, 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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"Upstream Color": Michigan Theater.

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(Shane Carruth, 2013). Romantic sci-fi thriller about a woman who's drugged by a small-time thief and unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a mysterious microscopic organism where she meets a man in a similar quandary.
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). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME.
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 8 a.m. 

Bark For Life AND the Fido 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and Walk: American Cancer Society.

  community member   < less What Bark For Life is all about- Dogs and their cancer fighting owners!

This noncompetitive event, including a 5K and 1 Mile fun run/walk, is planned for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Hudson Mills Metro Park and will begin with registration/ check-in and a Silent Auction at 8:00a.m. The Opening ceremony is planned for 8:50 am, followed by our Fido 5K and 1 Mile run and walk, lure coursing, canine agility, doggie dashes, pup painting station, photo booths, pet/owner look alike contests, musical sits and other contest/ fun on-sight activities.
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI, Dexter. Donation. $20. 7348343454. barkforlifeannarbor@gmail.com www.RelayForLife.org/BarkAnnArborMI [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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 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.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Also, DVDs, audiobooks, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon 

"5th Annual Touch a Truck": Washtenaw Success by 6/Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition.

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All kids invited to view and touch trucks, including a fire engine, a cement mixer, a school bus, a recycling truck, a mail truck, and more. Also, information booths on early childhood programs.
information booths on early childhood programs. 9 a.m.-noon, Shadford Field (between Ypsilanti High School and Estabrook Elementary School), 1885 Packard, Ypsilanti. Free. 994-8100, ext. 2178.
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Healthy Kids Day": Ann Arbor YMCA.

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A 5-km fun run, games, and activities for families with kids.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. Free. 661-8047. [map]
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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The Education System": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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State representative Adam Zemke and local historian Stewart Gordon discuss what they see as state efforts to undermine the autonomy of local school districts, problems in the Ann Arbor school board, and efforts to stifle innovations at Skyline High in the name of centralized uniformity. Followed by discussion. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

6th Annual Farm Festival: Braun & Helmer.

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A tractor & engine show, toy show, large flea market, petting farm, kids pedal pull, tractor pull, trade show, live auction, and more. Lunch available. Bake sale.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission; donations accepted. 368-1733. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Edible Plant Walk with George Hedgepeth: Nature Learning Community.

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George Hedgepeth, survivalist and plant enthusiast, shares his deep knowledge of edible and medicinal plants in this walk through the countryside. We will learn about many plants in different habitats. We'll also collect plants for a meal, which we will prepare and enjoy together.
Price $45, Kids 6-12 yrs. half price, 5 yrs. and under free
All young people must be supervised.
Pre-payment required. Registration form available at http://tinyurl.com/am3gxwk.
Mulberry Hill Farm, 13187 Macon Rd, Saline. $45. 734-531-8330. aanatureschool@gmail.com [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.

Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.

Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.

Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.

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Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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May 4 & 18. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [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.  Free! 

Design Build Workshop: Forward Design Build.

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Your home should reflect your personality and your lifestyle. But if it doesn't, where do you start when it comes remodeling?
This informative workshop will show you where to start, provide guidelines for choosing the right team to fit your needs, and outline the steps to achieve your goals with inspired design.
You will learn what to expect from the remodeling process and the benefits of the Design Build TEAM approach versus competitive bidding.
Smooth, stress-free remodels are all about preparation. The Design Build process will help you take control of your remodeling project and budget and ensure a positive experience from design through construction.
Our workshops are always free, always fun, and of course we will have delicious snacks. Because space is limited, advance registration is required. We hope to see you there.
Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor, 179 Little Lake Dr. Free. 7347618403. info@planforward.net http://designbuildworkshop.blogspot.com [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

OPEN HOUSE - Great Escape Stables: Great Escape Stables.

  community member   < less Learning to ride!

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - OPEN HOUSE!! Come hangout in the sunny countryside outside Ann Arbor. Try riding on one of our lesson horses, face painting, bounce house (weather permitting), learn about lessons, horse showing or day camps, check out the facility, watch some lessons, come see what the fun is all about. Refreshments available. We will also offer lesson and day camp sign up on site.
Visit our website www.greatescapestables.com for more information about us. We look forward to meeting you!
Great Escape Stables, 8250 S. Rushton Rd. Free. 248-361-7922. robyn@greatescapestables.com www.greatescapestables.com [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.  Free! 

Storytime with Keri Middaugh: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. At the May 4 storytime only, local writer Keri Middaugh reads her book My Detroit Garden.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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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 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Scio Woods Preserve Hike: Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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All invited to join a moderately paced 3-mile hike through woodlands and hills and along streams.
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., meet at the trailhead, Scio Church Rd. just west of Wagner. Free. 677-0823.
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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. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Cinco de Mayo Festival: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! We have planned fun activities for the whole family to celebrate Hispanic culture. Activities include: Music, Pinatas, Face Painting, Mexican flowers and Doll making. The teachers have collaborated to prepare authentic Hispanic cuisine. We will have food for purchase. All proceeds will be used to upgrade our school library. Bring the whole family!
Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool, 511 Miller. Free. (734) 369-6563. director@manzanitas.org www.manzanitas.org [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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 1-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Hills Preserve Stewardship Workday: Legacy Land Conservancy.

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Local falconer Cynthia Avery gives a presentation on falconry with her bird, Forest. Followed by a workday to remove invasive plants.
1-4:30 p.m., Sharon Hills Preserve, Sharon Hollow Rd. between Walker and Washburn, Sharon Twp. Free. legacylandconservancy.org.
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 1 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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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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May 4, 5, 18, & 19. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. May 4 & 5: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. May 18 & 19: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to Rikki the Dog": Nicola's Books.

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All beginning readers invited to read one-on-one to Rikki, a golden retriever who's a very good listener.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Meditations Kick-Off: Michigan Meditation Meetup.

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We will meditate, get an overview of the summer meditation topics: (1) Our Spirit & It's Realization (2) Spirit's Energy (3) Subtle System & Process within and (4) The Prime Power through Self-Realization
AA District Library (Downtown) freeSpace Meeting Room, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free. 734-363-8423. vic@meditatewith.us http://meetup.meditatewith.us [map]
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 2 & 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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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring into Fun!": Community Action Network.

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A kid-friendly festival with games and outdoor activities, including a park-wide scavenger hunt, spring-themed trivia games, face painting, balloon animals, and a raffle. Prizes. Proceeds benefit a 15-passenger van that will serve low-income families.
2-5 p.m., Southeast Area Park, Ellsworth & Platt. Free, but donations accepted. 994-2985.
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat., except May 18. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather. On May 18, the club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book, if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [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 & 8 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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 4 p.m. 

Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Performances by the 2 choirs of this ensemble of talented local youth singers. Program TBA.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (kids, students, & seniors; $5) at the door. 996-4404. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Spring Treasure Hunt: The Nature Conservancy in Michigan.

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The Nature Conservancy in Michigan is hosting a Spring Treasure Hunt at the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow near Chelsea. All are welcome to join the hunt for leaping frogs, slithering salamanders, and blooming wildflowers in the forest! Conservancy scientists will guide your tour and help you discover the riches of this woodland. Come celebrate springtime with us!
The Spring Treasure Hunt is Saturday, May 4, from 4-6pm.
Visit nature.org/michtrips or call 517-316-2285 for more information.
Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow, Chelsea. Free. 5173162271. jmarkle@tnc.org nature.org/michtrips
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 4-7 p.m. 

Young Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Martha vander Kolk calls to music by Brad Battey & friends. For students and people in their 20s & 30s. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Bring clean, flat, non-marking shoes.
4-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). (248) 417-7968. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Nowhere Is a Place": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Bernice McFadden's novel about a chronically displaced woman who takes a road trip with her mother from Nevada to a family reunion in Georgia. Along the way, the two women uncover a family secret that has been at the heart of their estrangement.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

"Spiritual Spaghetti": One Voice Gospel Choir Fundraiser.

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The choir prepares and serves a spaghetti dinner followed at 7 p.m. by a program of gospel songs.
6 p.m., St. Paul United Church of Christ, 122 W. Michigan, Saline. $15 suggested donation (concert only, $10). 316-2107.
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 7-10 p.m. 

Chef's Table Dinner at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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A Special Event at Ann Arbor Cooks! Instead of making your usual weekend restaurant reservations, join us for a different experience -- an interactive evening where we do the cooking right in front of you with the area's finest local ingredients -- sourced from our local farms and markets. You get to relax, socialize with fellow foodies, and watch as we prepare and serve your entire meal. Throughout the evening you will be at arms length of the chef and interaction is highly encouraged! You will receive a recipe packet to take home with you detailing the evening's entire menu. So come yourself, with a friend, or a group for a great evening of food, conversation, and so much more...MENU Local Asparagus Grilled Cheese with a Poached Egg & Fresh Baby Greens, Seared Diver Scallops with Lemon Gnocchi, Morels & Favas, Lemon, Poppy and Chevre Cheesecake with Rhubarb & Almond Streusel. *BYOB - You are welcome to bring wine to enjoy with your meal. Register online 48 hours in advance.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

26th Annual Jackson Storyfest: Friends of the Jackson Library.

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Storytelling showcase for adults and teens with some of the top performers in North America. This year's featured storytellers are Mary Hamilton and Dan Keding. Hamilton is a Kentucky author and award-winning storyteller whose repertoire includes Kentucky lore and folk and fairy tales from around the world, along with myths, legends, true stories, and original fiction. Known for her vivid theatricality, she has the ability, as the Murray Ledger and Star puts it, to become "a bedraggled hag, an arrogant prince, a crafty handmaiden all in the space of a few minutes." Keding is a popular Illinois storyteller known for his straightforward style and stories ranging from personal experiences growing up on Chicago's south side to world folk tales, ghost stories, and original pieces. He also performs ballads on guitar and banjo, as well as more obscure instruments such as spoons and the "nose flute." Also, on May 2 at 10 a.m., the Assembly Church (141 E. Michigan Ave.) hosts "Stories for Seniors" with Jackson storyteller Sharon Peacock. On May 4 only, the Jackson District Library (244 W. Michigan Ave.) hosts storytelling workshops (cost TBA) by Hamilton and Keding (8:45-10:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), and there is a family storytelling matinee (Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, 215 W. Michigan Ave.) at 2 p.m. with Gemini, the popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits.
7:30 p.m., Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood, Jackson. Free, but donations accepted. (517) 499-2290. [map]
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"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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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Contras to live music. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes. Apr. 6: Marlin Whitaker calls to music by Confluence. May 4: Julie Levy-Weston calls to music by Root Cellar String Band. June 1: Glen Morningstar calls to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. July 6: Mark Hillegonds calls to music by Myron Grant & friends.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $11 Apr. 6 & May 4 (members, $10; students, $5), and $10 June 1 (members, $9). 769-1052. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Julie Levy-Weston calls to music by the Bowling Green (OH) Root Cellar String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Adam Plomaritas, Friends & Family wsg Jason Dennie: Ann Street Music Room.

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Ann Street Music Room Presents
Adam Plomaritas, Friends and Family
With special guest Jason Dennie
On Saturday May 4th 2013
Doors at 7:30pm, Showtime at 8pm
Located at 812 Ann Street, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197
Tickets at the door are $8 or $5 with Student ID
Adam Plomaritas:
http://adamplomaritas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/christopheradammusic
Jason Dennie:
http://jasondennie.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jason.dennie.7
Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St. Ypsilanti MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $8 or $5 w/ student ID. annstmusic@gmail.com www. annstreetmusicroom.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Bill Frisell: The Ark.

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One of today's most inventive jazz composer-guitarists, Frisell is known for everything from genre-blending originals full of multihued improvisations to novel arrangements of standards.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Josephine Foster: Canterbury House.

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Performance by this Colorado folk singer-songwriter whose eclectic albums have covered everything from blues to children's music to unorthodox interpretations of 19th-century German lieder to Spanish folk songs. Her most recent album, Blood Rushing, is inspired by her childhood and evokes western geography, native rhythms, and imagined mythology.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [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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