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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 24, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

YDT's BIG EVENT Rummage and Plant Sale: Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan.

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YDT's yearly BIG EVENT - a giant rummage and plant sale is Friday, May 24 from 8am- 4pm and Saturday, May 25 from 8am-2pm. OVER 40 FAMILIES PARTICIPATING. Wide variety of rummage items and perennial plants available. Find some great bargains, then satisfy your sweet tooth at our bake table. BIG EVENT is held rain or shine. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT OUR 501 (c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan.
Washington Street Education Center (WSEC), 512 E. Washington St., Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Free. info@youthdancetheatre.org http://www.youthdancetheatre.org [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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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

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10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Movie & Popcorn for Kids": Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 1, May 24. Apr. 1: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), an animated comic adventure about a video game villain's disastrous quest to be a hero instead. May 24: TBA.
1 p.m. (Apr. 1) & 11 a.m. (May 24), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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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 3:45 & 9:45 p.m. (3D) & 6:45 p.m. (2D) 

"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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 4, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Angel's Share": Michigan Theater.

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(Ken Loach, 2012). Bittersweet comedy about a new dad who narrowly escapes a prison sentence and turns to a whisky distillery to find work.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Web Applications": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show how to build applications in Python using Google App Engine.
5-8 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

FREE Kids Open House!: Peachy Fitness.

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"Let's make our future healthier!"
Peachy Fitness now offers kids Zumba and Yoga classes. Join us for a FREE open house on May 24th 2013 from 6:00-7:00pm
Enter for a chance to WIN 8 class package ($69.00 value)
You can enter to win by:
coming to the open house,
emailing us at info@peachyfitness.com or
commenting on our Facebook page.
This event is open for both boys and girls
Peachy Fitness will announce the winner on June 14, 2013 for the upcoming kids fitness summer classes.
For more details please visit:
www.PeachyFitness.com
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. Free. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 24-26. Video game tournaments. Prizes.

May 24: "All-Stars Battle Royale." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.

May 25: "Wii Sports Resort." For all ages. Prizes.

May 26: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
6-8:30 p.m. (May 24) & 1-4 p.m. (May 25 & 25), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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: Mexican Taco Party! 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 MEXICAN TACO PARTY menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Adobo Spiced Shrimp Tacos; Roasted Poblano & Onion Tacos; Homemade Corn Tortillas; Authentic Taqueria Style Guacamole; Simple Pico de Gallo; Fresh Condiments: Pickled Red Onion, Red Radish, Shredded Red Cabbage, Queso Fresco, Lime; Tequila-Lime Granita. 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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Scared Sacred": Center of Light.

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In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimage. Visiting the 'Ground Zeros' of the planet, he asks if it's possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history. Ripper travels to the minefields of Cambodia; war-torn Afghanistan; the toxic wasteland of Bhopal; post-9/11 New York; Bosnia; Hiroshima; Israel and Palestine. This powerful documentary captures his five-year odyssey to discover if humanity can transform the 'scared' into the 'sacred'. Scared Sacred deftly weaves together stunning footage with haunting memories, inspirational stories, and an evocative soundscape. Featuring an engaging, first-person narrative, this film is an exquisite portrait of a search for meaning in times of turmoil, a luminous gift to a world in shadows. Please join us for this screening and a discussion afterwards.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-205-7339. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 

Geoff Tate: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 24 & 25. Rising young midwestern stand-up comic known for his lazy vocal delivery and laid-back stage presence. 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. 

Livingston Taylor: The Ark.

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GLike his more famous brother James, Livingston Taylor first emerged as part of the singer-songwriter boom of the late 60s and early 70s. From his first hits ("Carolina Day" and "In My Reply"), his music has remained consistently sweet-tempered, emotionally direct and buoyant, occasionally very humorous, and laid back in a way that evokes a thoughtful country squire. Opening act is Chelsea Berry, a Boston-based, Alaska-bred folk-rock singer-songwriter whom Taylor praises for her "voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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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 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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 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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