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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 30, 2013






 
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 11am 

Mothers Group: Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor.

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For babies born March-May 2013
Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $96. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Meet the Funders: Washtenaw County Funders and Philanthropists.

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As part of our Get Connected series, NEW will host a panel discussion that will help nonprofit organizations get a better understanding of trends in the sector, best practice for applying for grants and the decision making process. During the discussion, you'll have an opportunity to engage in a discussion with funders who are at the forefront of philanthropy and leave the discussion with a deeper understanding of: Giving trends, priorities and goals of local funders, specific funding opportunities that exist, organizational factors that influence grant decisions, how to engage with program officers and what to know before applying for a grant (including the grant application process). The event will include a question and answer session. NEW is excited to partner with the United Way of Washtenaw County for this event!
United Way of Washtenaw County, 2305 Platt Rd. $30. 7349980160. jgates@new.org www.new.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 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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

Poetry Workshop: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

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

Heidelberg Charity Poker Room.

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Daily. Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha, and open-face Chinese poker and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, Hold 'Em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed. & Thurs. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
6 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [map]
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On May 21, 2011, jashu wrote:
great place to relax and enjoy the games of chance. I would recommend to all....


 5-8:30 p.m. 

"Flight Night": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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

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

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Slow-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through North Campus, Barton Hills, and scenic roads northeast of town.
6 p.m., Fuller Pool parking lot, Fuller Rd. east of Maiden Ln. Free. 717-9583.
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Craft Beer Pairing at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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"Good beer makes its own friends." -- Charles Jerome Koch
If you enjoy microbrews and honest food, join us as we investigate the eatables that are beers best drinking buddies. In this beer lovers class, you will learn how to create the perfect partner for your microbrews -- "The Ploughman's Plate" - rustic breads, preserved meats, craft cheeses, homemade mustards and a variety of pickled condiments. While sampling a variety of Michigan Microbrews, your taste buds will discover how these delicacies become the staples for casual get-togethers that celebrate the gloriousness of the hop! Full participation. Menu: Irish Soda Bread; Caraway-Beer Mustard; Pork Country Terrine; Sweet Pickle Chips and Spicy Tomato Chutney - all served on a cutting board. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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

Entre-SLAM, May 30th.

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Entrepreneurs + True Stories + Competition = Entre-SLAM
What's Your Story?
Register now for Entre-SLAM, the best outta' the box entrepreneurial entertainment this side of the Milky Way. It's a storytelling competition and so much more. This month we're thrilled to welcome our special guest, Michigan Radio host and award-winning master storyteller, Allison Downey. And Rub BBQ Pub is back, bringing their best finger lickin' sauces! So bring a friend, a story, and two open ears!
Thursday, May 30th, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm
LIVE Ann Arbor on the corner of First St. and Huron (link to map on website)
Theme: "The 'F' Word: Fear (the time I conquered it)"
Pre-order dinner from Zingerman's menu on our website
$10 pre-paid entry fee
Cash bar
REGISTER ONLINE: www.entreslam.com
LIVE Ann Arbor, 102 S. First St. $10. 734-276-2736. entreslam@gmail.com http://www.entreslam.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Original 1939 Notebook of A Return to the Native Land": Nicola's Books.

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EMU English professor emeritus Clayton Eshleman discusses the release of the first bilingual edition of Martinican poet Aime Cesaire's masterpiece, which Eshleman co-translated. The poem marks the beginning of Cesaire's involvement in the Negritude movement of black francophone intellectuals who sought a common identity opposed to French colonial racism.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Transforming Loss": The Kite Network.

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Screening of Judith Burdick's 2013 documentary about the grief journeys of 6 families who coped with devastating losses through helping others.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). thekitenetwork.org. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Finale! 2013": Huron High School.

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May 30 & 31. Huron students perform 1-act plays that they've written and directed.
7:30 p.m., HHS Little Theatre, 2727 Fuller Rd. Tickets $6 (students, seniors, & AAPS staff, $4). Reservations recommended. 994-2095. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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

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

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

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

Abigail Stauffer: The Ark.

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Local singer-songwriter with a rich, resonant alto voice who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs. She released her debut CD, Alone to Dream, in 2011, and she comes to the Ark with a just completed sophomore effort.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 iin 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. 

"A Small Fire": Redbud Productions.

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May 30-June 1. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Adam Bock's spare, poignant play about a long-married couple whose lives are upended by a sudden, debilitating disease. The play is "raucous, funny and unexpectedly touching, as we are made intimate witnesses to a frank demonstration of how much of life, of love and of happiness remain within reach even when so much appears to be lost," writes a New York Times reviewer. Stars Cassie Mann, Dana Denha, Brad Sharp, and Tim Grimes.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 (students & seniors, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Landlocked": Carriage House Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 30-June 15. Emily Caffery directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Cusi Cram's poignant comedy about a Swiss collage artist who starts dating an American trash collector and begins a correspondence with a Bolivian man she meets at a gallery opening where he notices his dentures are a part of one of her pieces.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
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 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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 9:45 p.m. (3D) & 6:30 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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