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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 10, 2013






 
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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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 9-10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Navigating Long Term Care: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Understanding what services are available to help older adults remain living independently in the community, and what resources may be available to help cover these services, can be a very difficult maze to navigate. Jenny will provide information to help older adults or their family caregiver through this maze of long term care services.
Speaker - Jenny Jarvis, Director of Communications, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 9 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 a.m. 

Bodhi's Kids Yoga: For Ages 3-5: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Yoga is a natural for children, since it addresses the whole child: Stronger Bodies, Focused Minds, and Peaceful Spirits. Bodhi's Kids Yoga offers a joyful yoga practice that incorporates movement and 5 sense therapies. Bodhi's Kids Yoga classes are designed to help develop your child's fine motor skills, mental acuity and focus, hand-eye coordination, mind/body developmental awareness, coping skills, and increase an awareness of their sense of self -- all while having fun!
About the facilitator: Sara Zabawa is a registered yoga instructor who is devoted to holistic yoga practices that address the mind, body, and spirit. She blends lessons learned from studying yoga in India with practices developed under the direction of Syl Carson at the Bodhi Yoga Studio in Utah.
7 week series runs May 10th - June 21st. Fridays 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $80 for the series. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Forgiveness and Well-Being: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Forgiving other people who have been hurtful can be an important stepping stone to increased peace and happiness in later life. Forgiveness is a process involving specific skills that can be learned. This presentation focuses on:
- Discovering why forgiveness is important to well-being
- Learning about phases in the forgiveness process
- Practicing skills that can aid in the forgiveness process
Speaker - Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, MSW, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, The University of Michigan
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), 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 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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 12:15 p.m. (2D) and 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. (3D) 

"The Great Gatsby": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Baz Luhrmann's 2013 2D and 3D adaptations of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan. Joel Edgerton. Note: The May 10 6:45 screening is preceded at 6:15 by a performance by the Appleseed Collective, a popular young local acoustic quintet whose enchanting music is a flexible blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland, jug band, western Swing, bluegrass and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies, and the screening itself begins with a Betty Boop cartoon.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 3D screening tickets $13 (discounts available). 668-TIME. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Shodo is the art of drawing characters with brush and ink to express spiritual depth through the beauty of the brush strokes. Students will practice the art of Japanese calligraphy with a brush and black ink, learning both Kana and Kanji characters. This encourages a calming of the mind and peacefulness, similar to meditation. Konomi Shinohara taught the first calligraphy class at U of M. She has also taught Japanese at U of M and at EMU. Note: There is an in-class materials fee of $12. These materials are for classroom use only.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105), Suite C. $15. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1:15-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Impact of Short-Term Rehabilitation on Recovery: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Many times after a hospital stay related to an illness or injury, individuals can be in a weakened condition and may require some additional strength training before returning home. This workshop will help you to understand the importance and impact that short-term rehabilitation has on the recovery process and how it can enhance your independence following a hospital stay.
Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- What is short-term rehabilitation and why are these services needed?
- How will I know if I need short-term rehabilitation?
- How do I find the best short-term rehabilitation center for my needs?
- What types of treatments and services are offered?
- What is a typical length of stay?
- How is successful recovery defined?
- What happens after I go home?
Speakers - Steve Hopkins and Annie Dust, Evangelical Homes
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [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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  2 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Ohio State.

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May 9 & 11 (single games) & May 10 (doubleheader.)
6 p.m. (May 9), 2 p.m. (May 10), & noon (May 11), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets $7 & $8 (youth & seniors, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff and kids under age 5, free). 764-0247.
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 3:30 p.m. (dubbed) & 6:30 p.m. (subtitled) 

"From up on Poppy Hill": Michigan Theater.

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(Goro Miyazaki, 2011). Hand-drawn animated Japanese film about a group of teens who try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. [map]
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 4-8 p.m. 

Dollhouse & Miniatures Show: Three Blind Mice.

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May 10 & 11. Show and sale of dollhouses and the miniature furniture, books, plants, and accessories used to decorate them.
4-8 p.m. (May 10) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (May 11), Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd. $5 (kids ages 5-15, $2). (513) 861-0704. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Yourist Studio Gallery Grand Opening and Artists' Reception: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Gallery grand opening and artists' reception, Friday, May 10, 5 to 8 pm. We've reinvented our gallery with new colors and a line-up of exciting exhibitions to inspire the clay enthusiast in all of us. Come see what we've done and celebrate with us at our special opening event. To kick off our new series of rotating exhibits, we are featuring works by some of our Community Studio Resident Artists: Jeremy Andersen, Renee Baxter, Darcy Bowden, Jerry Bricker, Barbara Harding Brown, Nancy Bulkley, Kris Cravens, Marilyn Edington, Oksana Linda, Brandon Moore, Wanda Webster, Kevan Wilson, and Kay Yourist. Works on display from May 1 to June 14.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Linux and the Command Line": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff present a hands-on introduction to using a Linux computer operating system.
5-8 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 Evening time TBA 

"Just Desserts: One Acts, Shorts, & Skits": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Community High students present a series of 10-minute scenes, monologues, songs, and dances.
7:30 p.m., Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) $15 (students, $10) in advance at ShowTix4U.com and at the door. 994-2021. [map]
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 Evening time TBA 

"May Madness": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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May 10-13. Four nights of tango dance parties. Preceded by tango workshops.
Time & location TBA. $15 (students, $10). umich.edu/~umtango.
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 6 p.m. 

Dick Gordon: Haiti Nursing Foundation Fundraiser.

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The host of NPR's The Story is joined by FSIL Nursing School (Haiti) dean Hilda Alcindor in a discussion of his recent trip to Haiti and what the school is doing to help with the earthquake recovery. Strolling Haitian supper. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit the FSIL nursing school in Leogane, Haiti. Followed by an afterglow party ($25).
6 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $75 in advance at haitinursing.org. 353-9565. [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.  Free! 

Sustainability Film Series - Urban Roots with speaker Malik Yakini: Transition Town Ypsilanti.

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Film immediately follows the Growing Hope Monthly Community Potluck -- all are welcome! Please bring a dish to pass. Guest speaker is Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, who is featured in the film.
The Sustainability Film Series is a collaboration between Growing Hope, Transition Ypsi, the downtown Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsi Food Co-op. We screen films on topics related to community resilience, energy, sustainable food, clean water, transportation, justice, and other topics relevant to a world with more expensive, less available energy, a warming climate, and economic instability.
This film focuses on the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.
Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-483-1520. lisa@ypsifoodcoop.org https://www.facebook.com/events/113332928841555/ [map]
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 6 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Purdue.

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May 10 & 12 (single games) & May 11 (doubleheader.)
6 p.m. (May 10), 2 p.m. (May 11), & 1 p.m. (May 12), Alumni Field (behind Ray Fisher Stadium), S. State at Hoover. $4 (youths age 12 & under, $2; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
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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: Mediterranean Small Plates!: 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 MEDITERRANEAN menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Vegetable Grape Leaves, Crisp Falafel with Tahini Dip, Spicy Hummus, Traditional Tabouli, Whipped Garlic Spread, Authentic Majadara with Green Lentils, Bulgur, and Caramelized Onion. 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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 7 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

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May 10-12. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (May 10 & 11) & 3 p.m. (May 12), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $20) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Rescheduled from March 28. Barbara Wisse & Mark Kahny, the prominent west Michigan vocal-and-piano duo, perform "A Salute to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley." Part of an an 8-week series of concerts and films (see March 13 listing).
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ask the Passengers": Nicola's Books.

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Young adult novelist A.S. King discusses her new novel about a girl who spends hours lying on her backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead and having imaginary conversations with the passengers inside on various personal subjects, such as what it means that she's falling in love with a girl. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Digital-Free Discs and Drinks": PJ's Used Records.

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All invited to check their smart phone or iPod at the door, enjoy a vintage-style cocktail from Tammy's Tastings, listen to vinyl LPs, and chat with PJ's owners Marc & Jeff Taras, guest DJ arwulf arwulf, and each other.
7-9 p.m., PJ's, 617-B Packard. Free. 663-3441. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Greenhills School.

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May 9 & 10. Ben Cohen directs students in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769-4010. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Dance in the Mitten": People Dancing.

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May 10 & 11 (different programs). This local modern dance company presents a pair programs highlighted by 4 new works by its artistic director, Christina Sears-Etter. The duet Tarnish is an abstract exploration of superficial change set to Dave Brubeck's "Unsquare Dance" and John Zorn's "Lonely Woman," and Strive is a group work inspired by the biology of empathy that's set to Zorn's "Uzziel" and "Ahahaj." Latin Tap is a solo with a vibrant Latin aesthetic set to local musician Ken Kozora's live performance on bass of his "Latin Groove," and the group work Matrices features local guitarist and electronic musician Robert Spaulding Newcomb's live performance of his eponymous score. Also, works by 16 guest choreographers from around Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. For detailed nightly schedule, see mittendanceworks.com.
7:30 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $17 (youth 12 & under, $12; both nights, $30) in advance at mittendanceworks.com and at the door. 368-7573. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Skies": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program that ranges from music by Debussy to songs by pop-rock singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. Also, a performance by the group's Joyous Ringers handbell choir. Piano accompanist is Andrew Anderson.
7:30 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh St. Free; donations accepted. 355-7738. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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NYC caller Gene Murrow leads dances to live music by Debbie Jackson, Susie Lorand, and Josh Burdick. For experienced English country dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 

Jackie Kashian: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 9-11. This veteran stand-up comic is a frequent performer on cable TV who has also had her own Comedy Central special. Her act blends storytelling with sharp commentary on a mix of momentous and trivial topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Joe Reilly: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular local singer-songwriter whose songs draw on blues, hip-hop, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes. Tonight he celebrates the release of his new CD, Greyhound Bus Tour. With pianist Allison Radell, vocalist and guitarist Seth Bernard, vocalist May Erlewine, keyboardist Joshua Davis, bassist Marion Hayden, and drummer Michael Shimmin.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10 general admission (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

MTango Beginners Bootcamp Series: MTango.

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MTango is a student organization dedicated to spreading the joy of Argentine tango in the University of Michigan community and beyond. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding teachers at affordable prices, and we look for instructors who are not only excellent dancers and experienced teachers but are also articulate and personable people. We also host social dance parties and share our talents through performances. MTango offers a popular intensive beginner's series in Argentine tango (no partner or experience required), as well as classes for more advanced dancers. It's a great way to meet people, listen to awesome music, relax, share a few dances, and have lots of fun!
University of Michigan Mason Hall 3rd Floor. $25 for 5 week series. 313-820-4229. whitemn@umich.edu www.umich.edu/~mtango
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 8 p.m. 

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

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Introspective, emotionally probing ballads by this young Americana singer-songwriter, a former member of the Atlanta-based pop-folk quartet Girlyman. She recently released her solo debut, One True Thing. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (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. 

"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 Lion in Winter": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [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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 8:45 p.m. 

"Bridget Jones's Diary": Michigan Theater.

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Sharon Maguire's funny 2001 portrait of a year in the life of a plucky 30-something London woman who keeps her chin up during a quest for Mr. Right. Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students, seniors, & vets $8; members, $7.50). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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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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