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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 17, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

29th Annual Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational Figure Skating Championship: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 16-19. More than 800 skaters ages 6 to adult compete in solo, pairs, couples, and ice dancing categories in this USFSA-sanctioned competition. Full schedule available at annarborfsc.com.
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (May 16), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (May 17 & 18), & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 19), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [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.  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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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Dementia Capable Care: An Innovative Approach for Persons Living with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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At this workshop, the presenter will provide you with:
• An overview of the Dementia Capable Care approach to caring for persons with Alzheimer's and related dementias;
• An understanding of how to incorporate the Dementia Capable Care approach to ensure optimal independence, safety, and health in all living environments;
• The benefits of focusing on your Best Ability to Function in all daily living activities;
• Information regarding the benefits of the full team approach using this model of care; and
• An understanding of how to receive a standardized cognitive assessment to determine if you and/or your loved one would benefit from this approach to care.
Speaker - Tammy Maggert, LPN, Memory Care Director and Dementia Capable Care Trainer, Glacier Hills
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, 1200 Earhart Road. 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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 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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 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music grad student Michael Vecchio directs young musicians in works TBA.
3 p.m., U-M Stearns Bldg. Cady Room, 2005 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids age 6 & up invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to help improve kids' reading skills by pretending it is interested in being read to.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 5-10 p.m. 

BOOK-A-PALOOZA: THIRD ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE: Common Language Bookstore.

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Common Language, loved by Ann Arborites since 1991, is determined to survive and thrive in an era of frequent independent bookseller closures. Avid supporters have organized the third annual 3-day Book-A-Palooza.
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The Book-a-Palooza will be held May 17, 18, and 19 at Braun Court in Ann Arbor. Used books from good to like-new condition will be available. There will be 2 tents: LGBT Favorites and Best Bargains.
Hundreds of books have already been collected!
Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun Ct across from the Farmers Market. Free admission. 734-663-0036. glbtstaff@gmail.com www.glbtbooks.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/510624195668309/ [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Compassionate Touch Massage Workshop: Center for Compassionate Touch LLC.

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Hands-On Training For Massage Therapists, Eldercare or Hospice Professionals. Level One Workshop.
Please see website for detailed information and registration.
University Living Independent and Assisted Living, 2865 South Main Street. $450. 734-669-3030 ext. 233. mpawlak@univliving.com http://www.compassionate-touch.org/ [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Python": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff present a hands-on introduction to this general purpose programming language.
5-8 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Date Night: French Bistro! at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun FRENCH BISTRO menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Brie en Croute with Raspberry Preserves and Sea Salted Marcona Almonds; Tuna Nicoise Salad wit Haricot Verts, Baby Fingerlings, Nicoise Olives and Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette; Moules Mariniere (Mussels in White Wine) served with French Baguette; Champagne and Cognac Truffles. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Pattengill & Bryant Elementary Schools.

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This joint ice cream social features inflatables, a cakewalk, and carnival games. Ice cream, pizza, and popcorn available. Raffle of an iPad Mini and other items.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Pattengill, 2100 Crestland Dr. off Packard south of Stadium. Free admission; nominal charge for food & games. 994-1961. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930": UMMA Doris Sloan Memorial Program.

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Isamu Noguchi Foundation (New York) director Jenny Dixon, UMMA director Joseph Rosa, and exhibit curator Natsu Oyobe discuss the current exhibit (see Galleries), a nationally touring collection of works by Japanese American sculptor Noguchi and Chinese ink painter Baishi. In 1930, Noguchi spent 6 months in Beijing, where he studied with Baishi.
6:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza & Pages": Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss a book. Mar. 22: The Gospel According to Larry, Janet Tashjian's novel about a teen prodigy who creates a virtual alter ego. Apr. 19: The Body of Christopher Creed, Carol Plum-Ucci's novel about a seemingly perfect high school student struggling with doubts about the disappearance of the class outcast. May 17: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart's novel about a girl who uses her good looks and wit to infiltrate her prep school's all-male secret society.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Singles Mingle Lock and Key Party: Lock and Key Events.

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Join us for a non-intimidating way to meet singles. All the women get a lock, all the men get a key. Your goal is to match the right key with the right lock. Every unlock gets you a chance to win raffle prizes.
Lock and Key events are a great alternative to the club scene. The fun, unique ice-breaker format ensures you will meet plenty of singles.
Register at www.lockandkeyevents.com/annarbor and use promo code AAMEETUP to receive the $19 discounted price.
Melange Bistro, 312 S. Main St. $19. detroit@lockandkeyevents.com www.lockandkeyevents.com/annarbor [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Night for the Rising Stars": Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts Benefit.

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Silent auction and performances by local mezzo-soprano Wendy Bloom and the Keller/Kocher Quartet, a top-notch local mainstream jazz quartet featuring bassist Paul Keller, vibes player Cary Kocher, pianist Phil Kelly, and drummer Pete Siers.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Tickets $50 (VIPs, $150) in advance at aa-spa.org/support/annual_fundraiser. 213-2000. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Spiritual Transformation: Women's Way of Becoming Strong": Center of Light.

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What image comes to mind when you think of a 'strong woman'? Is she a mother, a career woman, a healer? Do you think of yourself or an image of you that you aspire to or hope for? Join us for an inspiring, creative, and exciting night!
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. $25. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Advanced Study Group: Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to join an ongoing biweekly discussion of Rudolf Steiner's An Outline of Occult Science. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes). Free. 944-4903. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea High School Jazz Band: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Performance by this CHS student ensemble.
7:30 p.m., Chelsea FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Student Productions: Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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May 17 & 18. Pioneer High School students who have worked with award-winning local playwright Joe Zettelmaier perform several of their original short plays.
7:30 p.m., Pioneer High School Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $7. 994-2120. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

The Hastings Trio: First Baptist Church Concert Series.

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The local trio of violinist Gabriel Bolkosky, cellist Derek Snyder, and pianist Joel Hastings performs works by Mathias, Brubeck, and Mendelssohn.
7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"(un)Corked Wine Tasting: Everything Is Coming Up Rosé": Produce Station.

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Produce Station wine director Jorge Lopez-Chavez, J et R Selections representative Dan Farley, and Hand Picked Selections representative Joe Moorehouse lead tastings of 2012 rosés. Note: These events usually sell out.
7:30-9 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $25 in advance at localwineevents.com/events/detail/469911. 663-7848. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 3 & 17. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue lessons ($5). The May 17 dance is jungle-themed; Tarzan, Lion King, and Jungle Book costumes encouraged.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [map]
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 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 

Dave Landau: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 17 & 18. Young Detroit stand-up comic with a laid-back performing style who's known for smart, edgy observational humor that's often spiked with improvised riffs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Doug Halladay's New Beginnings Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local musicians perform original songs by Detroit jazz composer Halladay, a prominent trumpeter in the late '60s and '70s. His compositions explore "a contemporary post-bop aesthetic with music that can range from straightforward song forms to freshly conceived multi-sectional works," writes a Detroit Free Press reviewer. With trumpeter Dwight Adams, violist Leslie DeShazor-Adams, tenor saxophonist Vincent Bowens, trombonist Vincent Chandler, vocalist Ursula Walker, bassist Mario Hayden, pianist Buddy Budson, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Ark.

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See review. The former frontman of the popular postpunk folk-rock band Grant Lee Buffalo, Phillips has reemerged as an acoustic Americana singer-songwriter who writes gorgeously evocative songs on an array of public and private themes. "My albums are becoming more stark, more unguarded, and more vulnerable," Phillips says of his 2010 CD Little Moon, and his new CD, Walking in the Green Corn, is a collection of songs exploring his Muskogee (Creek) heritage.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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

The May 19 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.

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

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7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Unframed": Michigan Dance Project.

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May 17 & 18. This Brighton-based group of professional dancers perform their contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop works.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance at michigandanceproject.com; $15 at the door. (810) 229-5678. [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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 10 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
10 p.m.-midnight. 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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