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Friday, May 31, 2013






 
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"In the House": Michigan Theater.

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(Françoi Ozon, 2012). Thriller about a 16-year-old boy who insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his lit class and writes about the experience in essays for his French teacher. French, subtitles.
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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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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May 31-June 2. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. 426-2088.
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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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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 a.m.-midnight 

7th Annual Ya'ssoo Greek Festival: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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May 31-June 2 (different times). This popular lively festival features Greek food and pastries, including insanely good loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Live Greek music and dancing. Also, popular church tours, a Hellenic cultural exhibit, raffles with cash prizes, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (May 31 & June 1) & noon-6 p.m. (June 2), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (free for kids age 12 & under, for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat., & all day Sun.). annarborgreekfestival.org, 332-8200. [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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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ice Cream Social: Thurston Elementary School.

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Face painting, 4 inflatables, a soccer shootout, sidewalk chalk, bubble bonanza, jump ropes, corn toss, and more. Also, karaoke, a DJ, and a used book sale. Pizza & Iorio's gelato available. Rain or shine. Bring a blanket to sit on.
5-8 p.m., Thurston, 2300 Prairie. Free. 994-1970. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.

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Duck pond, ring toss, face painting, a cakewalk, a bouncy castle, live music, and a car raffle. Ice cream, pizza, and soft drinks available.
5 p.m., St. Francis School, 2270 E. Stadium. Free admission; small charge for food and games. 821-2200. [map]
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 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Pittsfield Elementary School.

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Inflatables, games, raffles, a silent auction, and, new this year, a photo booth and karaoke. Pizza, beverages, and ice cream available.
5:30-8 p.m., Pittsfield, 2543 Pittsfield Blvd. (off Edgewood, off Platt, south of Washtenaw). Free admission (nominal charge for food & games). 997-1218. [map]
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 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Burns Park Elementary School.

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Inflatables, karaoke, a cakewalk, airbrush tattoos, and carnival games. Pizza, desserts, salads, drinks, and ice cream available.
5:30-8 p.m., Burns Park Elementary, 1414 Wells. Free admission; nominal charge for food and games. 994-1919. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wines Elementary School.

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Cakewalk, a Barnyard Express petting zoo, face painting, photo booth, games, inflatables, raffle, and silent auction. Washtenaw Dairy ice cream, Dairy Queen novelties, NYPD pizza, popcorn, lemonade, and water available.
6-8:30 p.m., Wines, 1701 Newport. $10 wristbands (includes games & inflatables); food & cakewalk tickets, 6 for $5. 994-1973. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Angell Elementary School.

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Ice cream, pizza, cotton candy, bounce houses, tug of war, and other games.
6-8 p.m., Angell, 1608 South University. Free admission (nominal charge for food and games). 994-1907. [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Bach Elementary School.

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A rock climbing wall, bounce house, caterpillar crawl, skee ball, and other carnival games. Also, dancing to music spun by Ed the DJ Guy (7-9 p.m.). Ice cream and other food. Note: games and concessions end at 8 p.m.
6-9 p.m., Bach, 600 W. Jefferson. Free admission (charge for food & games). 994-1949. [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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Larry O. Dean: Nicola's Books.

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This Flint-born Chicago-based poet reads from Brief Nudity, his new collection of poems that are concerned with the juxtaposition of elegy and irreverence. The collection is highlighted by poems told from the perspectives of victims of the 1989 Bay Area Loma Prieta earthquake. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Little Mermaid": Young People's Theater.

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May 31-June 2. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken's musical, based on the 1989 Disney film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a mermaid who gets a chance to be human. The popular score includes "Under the Sea," "Part of Your World," and "She's in Love."
7 p.m. (May 31 & June 1), 1 p.m. (June 1), & 2 p.m. (June 2), Power Center, 121 Fletcher. Tickets $15 (kids age 18 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, mutotix.com, & by phone, and at the door. 763-TKTS. [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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 8 p.m. 

Edwin McCain: The Ark.

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Hook-laden, roots-flavored modern rock band led by McCain, a South Carolina singer-songwriter who first came to fame with "Solitude," a hit single duet with Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker. His new CD, Mercy Bound, is a collaboration with California country-pop songwriter Maia Sharp.
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 & 10:30 p.m. 

Johnny Beehner: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 31 & June 1. Popular Midwestern comic known for his self-deprecating autobiographical tales, many of them about his experiences growing up as an awkward middle child in a huge family. 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. 

"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. 

"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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 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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