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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 8, 2013






 
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 7:30-9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Bird Walk": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation/Huron River Watershed Council.

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City ornithologist Dea Armstrong leads a bird identification walk through Furstenberg Nature Area. Bring binoculars, if you have them.
7:30-9:30 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery dock, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 794-6240. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Skills and Showcase Competition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Beginning youth solo skaters perform simple routines in a fun competition.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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June 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (June 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (June 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Goddess Flow: Yoga in Honor of the Divine Feminine: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts invites you to honor your divine female energy in this vinyasa style yoga class that celebrates the Goddess within and around us. Each week, we will move through six posture flows accompanied by music dedicated to the Goddess. Posture flows will be repeated throughout the session so that each yogini can increase her awareness of breath, movement, and body thus moving deeper into her core essence which is divine in nature. Class is held in a warm, supportive environment with inspirational readings, meditation, relaxation and time for reflection incorporated. Some previous yoga experience is recommended. Come celebrate, share and delight in yourself and the Goddess through yoga!
Goddess Flow Yoga class meets on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:15 am.
Class is limited to 10 participants. Please register to reserve your space.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. 

"The Ann Arbor Architectural Tour".

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June 8 & 9 and July 6 & 7. Michigan architectural history enthusiast Jacob Jabkiewicz leads an informative 75-minute walking tour highlighted by Burton Memorial Tower, Nickels Arcade, and the Michigan and State theaters. Weather permitting.
10 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the corner of E. Liberty and Maynard (across from Biggby Coffee). $12 (kids age 5 & under, free). Reservations requested. (517) 392-5113.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

23rd Annual Garden Walk: Women's National Farm & Garden Association.

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A chance to visit 6 unusual and varied private gardens-including a terraced garden, a colorful shady garden, a rain garden, an eclectic garden with a pergola-covered patio, a creatively planned small garden, and a garden with chickens and bees. Also, a tour of the Greenview/Pioneer Nature Area.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets & maps $15 in advance at Downtown Home & Garden, Nicola's Books, Dixboro General Store, and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Discounts available for groups of 8 or more. annarborfarmandgarden.org, 635-2247.
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Art in the Park - Art Fair: Community Arts of Tecumseh.

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Enjoy a wide variety of quality artwork in a shady park setting. Browse through booths featuring ceramics, photography, fiber art, woodcut and linocut prints, paintings and much more. All artwork is original and produced by the displaying artist. Children will enjoy fun activities planned just for them. There is no admission charge and ample free parking is available.
Community Arts of Tecumseh, 517-423-0000, info@tecumseharts.org www.tecumseharts.org
John Smith Park, 804 North Evans Street, Tecumseh. Free. 517-423-0000. info@tecumseharts.org tecumseharts.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Bag of Books Sale: Friends of Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 per bag (2nd bag free). 429-5450. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Free Fishing: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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This weekend only, no license is required to fish. WCPARC provides poles, bait, and instruction.
10 a.m.-noon, Rolling Hills County Park (meet at the pond near the lodge, 7660 Stony Creek Rd.) and 6-8 p.m., Independence Lake County Park (meet at the dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial). Free. $5 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 10 a.m.-noon & 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 2 (2-4 p.m.): "Late Spring Botany: A Hike Along the Huron" (Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Road at the Huron River just south of Huron River Drive). WCPRC naturalist Fay Stoner leads a walk through this floodplain forest. Wear boots that can get wet. June 8: "Free Fishing" (10 a.m.-noon, Rolling Hills Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd. between Merritt & Bemis rds., east of Carpenter, Ypsilanti Twp.; 6-8 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp.). All invited to participate in Michigan's free fishing weekend. No license needed, and poles, bait, and instruction provided. Preregistration required.
Various times & locations. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake & Rolling Hills. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 10 a.m. 

The Joys of Grandparenting - Ann Arbor - June 8: MHealthy.

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The Joys of Grandparenting - Ann Arbor - June 8
When you become a grandparent, there will be some surprises in store. Learn the latest trends in childcare, child-rearing practices, safety and much more. We'll also discuss the joys (and challenges) of being a grandparent, how you can support your child, and take care of yourself. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8 at the Domino's Farm, Lobby H (Family Medicine), 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. To register visit: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
Domino's Farm, Lobby H (Family Medicine), , 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48106. $10. 734-647-5645. julinels@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/classes.html
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"5th Annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire".

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Local exhibitors demonstrate electronic vehicles, robot building, amateur radio, electronic music, and other DIY science, tech, and engineering projects. Also, hands-on activities. "It's like science fair meets the county fair," says an organizer.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 417-8677. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Altmanerisms: A Symposium Celebrating the Robert Altman Collection at the U-M": U-M Screen Arts & Cultures/U-M Hatcher Grad Library/Cinetopia.

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June 7-9. Three days of panel discussions and film screenings to celebrate the opening of the new U-M Robert Altman collection. Today: A roundtable discussion on "Altman in the Archives" (10 a.m.-noon) with several U-M students and professors as well as Altman documentary producer Ron Mann; a panel discussion on "American Maverick" (2-4 p.m.) with Altman protégé and assistant director Alan Rudolph, photographer Joyce Rudolph, Altman's wife Kathryn, and North Illinois University film professor emeritus Robert Self; a screening of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean (4:30 p.m. at the Michigan Theater).
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 7), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (June 8), & 12:30 p.m. (June 9), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (except as noted), enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0147. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Bubbles": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 8 & 9. Bubble activities and performances by Ron Lloyd, aka "The Bubble Man" (1 & 3 p.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 8) & noon-4 p.m. (June 9), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Smarter Home Seminar: Meadowlark Energy.

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Your home should be comfortable year-round, keep you supplied with high-quality air, and waste as little energy and water as possible. Attend this free, fun, and informative seminar to discover just how well your home is currently performing, and what you can do to make it even smarter. You'll learn:
Common home performance deficiencies and how they can contribute to your discomfort, high energy bills, and poor health.
Smart home upgrades - what people are doing right here in Southeast Michigan to make their homes smarter, safer, and more comfortable.
Taking the first step to living in a smarter home.
RSVP at 734-619-8024 or at
www.meadowlarkenergy.com/seminars
Register now - Space is limited.
Meadowlark Energy, 3250 W. Liberty Road. Free. 734-619-8024. info@meadowlarkenergy.com http://www.meadowlarkenergy.com/seminars [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Coffee Tour: Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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One of Zingerman's Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talks about the intricate world of java.
11 a.m.-noon, Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr.. Free. 929-6060. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Psychic Fair: Intuitives Interactive.

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Join us for a day of insight, guidance and moving forward into your desired life experiences by attending the Intuitives Interactive Psychic Fair!
This event will include a wide range of readers, such as a psychic sketch artist, mediums, and intuitive readers, as well as tarot and angel card readers. You can also experience energy healings as practitioners work within your energy field to clear, balance and assist your energy in remembering its natural state of wholeness and well-being.
The cost is $20 for two (2) - 15 minute sessions. Accepting Cash and Visa/MC, AmEx and Discover payments. We will hosting this event from 11 am to 3 pm.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Body Mind Spirit Wellness Center, 2007 S. State St. $20. waxingmoontarot@gmail.com [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Teens DIY": Dexter District Library.

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All youth grades 5-12 invited to make crafts. Mar. 29: Egg decorating. Apr. 4: "Duct Tape Redux." Apr. 20: Repurposed pins. May 11: Mother's Day card and homemade hand scrub. June 8: Father's Day card and candy dish.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Yarn Bomb the Library": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens invited to learn how to knit small pieces to spread on the AADL Pittsfield Branch exterior as a form of knit graffiti. Experienced knitters and crocheters also welcome. Materials provided, but bring size 8 or 10 needles if you have them. Also, this afternoon (3-5 p.m.), all adults, teens, and kids in grade K & up invited complete the process using pop-poms and other fiber pieces that don't require knitting.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. 

Cinetopia.

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June 6-9. This 2nd annual Michigan Theater film festival features around 43 films screened over 4 days at 4 venues (Michigan Theater, State Theater, Angell Hall, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin. Also, tributes to filmmaker Robert Altman, screenwriter Jim Burnstein, and silent film actress Mary Pickford.

June 6:

At the Michigan Theater: An opening night party (5:30 p.m.) followed at 7:15 p.m. by A Tribute to Ron Asheton Featuring Iggy and the Stooges, the world premiere of a concert film, recorded live at the Michigan Theater in 2011, that features performances by Iggy & the Stooges, Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek, and Black Flag lead singer Henry Rollins. Followed at 9:15 p.m. and 11 p.m. by post-screening parties.

At the State Theater: "Haunter" (Vincenzo Natali, 2013). Thriller about a dead teenager who's doomed to relive forever the day of her murder in 1985. Abigail Breslin. Also showing on June 8 (see below). 7:45 p.m.

At Angell Hall: "Let My People Go!" (Mikael Buch, 2012). A high-strung Parisian-Jewish mailman living in Paris gets into a fight with his boyfriend over what to do with an undeliverable package stuffed with cash. French & Finnish, subtitles. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 7:45 p.m.

June 7:

At the Michigan Theater: "180 Seconds" (Alexander Giraldo, 2012). A brother-sister hacker duo plan a major robbery for the day of Colombia's World Cup qualifying match with Uruguay. Spanish, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. "Lasting" (Jacek Borcuch, 2012). A beautiful young Polish couple goes on a scuba outing where something terrible happens to the young man that throws their relationship into chaos. Spanish & Polish, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Sparrows" (William Beaudine, 1926). Silent classic that stars Mary Pickford in a melodramatic thriller about a young girl trying to protect 10 small orphans from a villain who chases them through swamps. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m. "Lord Montagu" (Luke Korem, 2013). Documentary about an English lord who kept possession of his 13th-century residence after WWII by opening it up to tourists but became mired in scandal in the 1950s because of his homosexuality. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 4:30 p.m. "Twenty Feet from Stardom" (Morgan Neville, 2012). Documentary about backup singers who never made it big but were part of songs that made others famous. Includes interviews with stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 7 p.m. "Body Fat Index of Love" (Mikko Kuparinen, 2012). U.S. premiere of this romantic comedy about a sworn bachelor who falls for a woman who only wants him for sex. Finnish, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "This Is Martin Bonner" (Chad Hartigan, 2012). Drama about a fifty-something man who leaves behind his life and moves to Reno where he works at a church-based program that helps released prisoners. Also showing on June 8 (see below). 9:30 p.m. (Patrick Read Johnson, 2007). Drama, inspired by the director's life, about an alienated teen who dreams of becoming a filmmaker. 9:45 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Commencement" (Steve Albrezzi, 2012). Comedy about a high school valedictorian who undergoes a daunting real-life education in the 24 hours after graduation. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 2 p.m. "Dangerous Liaisons" (Hur Jin-ho, 2012). Beautifully shot drama, set in 1931 Shanghai, about a serial seducer who's challenged to woo and leave a chaste humanitarian. Chinese, subtitles. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 4:15 p.m. "Material" (Craig Freimond, 2012). Michigan premiere of this comedy, set in South Africa, about an aspiring young comic who manages his father's fabric shop. 7 p.m. "The Future" (Alicia Scherson, 2012). Drama about an orphaned adolescent who unexpectedly finds solace when she's thrown into a relationship with an aging B-movie star, a former Mr. Universe. English & Italian, subtitles. 9:30 p.m. "Pieta" (Kim Ki-Duk, 2012). Drama about a cruel loan shark who quits his job after accepting into his life a mysterious woman who claims to be his long-lost mother. Korean, subtitles. 11:45 p.m.

At Angell Hall: "Secret Honor" and "Tanner '88" (see "Altmanerisms" listing on June 7). 5 p.m. "The Revisionaries" (Scott Thurman, 2012). Documentary about political battles in the Texas State Board of Education over teaching creationism in science courses. 8 p.m.

June 8:

At the Michigan Theater: "Dear Mr. Watterson" (Joel Allen Schroeder, 2013). Michigan premiere of this documentary that explores the legacy of reclusive Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson through the eyes of his fans. 11:15 a.m. "Material" (Craig Freimond, 2012). Comedy, set in South Africa, about an aspiring young comic who manages his father's fabric shop. 11:30 a.m. "Mary Pickford Shorts Program." Screening of 8 shorts that feature Pickford, who appeared in an estimated 152 shorts between 1909 and 1912. 1:30 p.m. "Big Sur" (Michael Polish, 2013). Biopic about the episode in Jack Kerouac's life when, struggling with alcoholism after the success of On the Road, he retreats to the coastal California town of Big Sur. Anthony Edwards & Kate Bosworth. Also showing June 9 (see below). 1:45 p.m. "The Spectacular Now" (James Ponsoldt, 2012). Drama about a popular high school senior and budding alcoholic who's drawn to an unpopular girl with big dreams and a love of sci-fi. 4:15 p.m. "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (Robert Altman, 1983). Drama, told in flashbacks, about the 1975 reunion of a James Dean fan club in small-town Texas. Stars Cher and Kathy Bates. Part of the "Altmanerisms" symposium (see June 7 listing). 4:30 p.m. "Haunter" See June 6 State Theater listing (above). 7 p.m. "Fill the Void" (Rama Burshtein, 2012). Drama set in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community about an 18-year-old girl who has to decide whether or not to marry her recently deceased sister's husband. Hebrew, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "London: The Modern Babylon" (Julien Temple, 2012). An effervescent tour of the city's past 110 years via interviews with everyone from musicians and historians to charity workers and shopkeepers. 9:30 p.m. "A Hijacking" (Tobias Lindholm, 2012). Drama about a Danish freighter that's captured by Somali pirates. Danish, subtitles. 9:45 p.m.

At the State Theater: "D3: The Mighty Ducks" (Robert Lieberman, 1996). Third in the Mighty Ducks series of preteen films about the improbable success of a ragtag hockey team. Part of the tribute to screenwriter Jim Burnstein. Noon. "The Painting" (Jean-François Laguionie, 2011). Touching, wonderfully inventive animation about 3 castes of creatures living in a canvas: the fully-painted Alldunns, the unfinished Halfies, and the rough-outlined Sketchies. 2:45 p.m. "Lasting" (Jacek Borcuch, 2012). A beautiful young Polish couple goes on a scuba outing where something terrible happens to the young man that throws their relationship into chaos. Spanish & Polish, subtitles. 5 p.m. "The Source Family" (Jodi Willie, 2013). Documentary about the radical 1970s commune that lived in a Hollywood Hills mansion paid for by the earnings from their successful organic vegetarian restaurant that drew celebrity patrons. 7:15 p.m. "After Tiller" (Martha Shane & Lana Wilson, 2012). Documentary about the only 4 doctors in the U.S. who continue to perform 3rd-trimester abortions since physician George Tiller was killed in 2009. 9:45 p.m. "I Am Divine" (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013). Documentary about the larger-than-life drag queen who starred in the John Waters cult films Pink Flamingoes and Polyester. 11:45 p.m.

At Angell Hall: "This Is Martin Bonner." See June 7 Michigan Theater listing (above). 2 p.m. "Pit Stop" (Yen Tan, 2013). Drama about the emotional isolation of gay men living in small-town America. 5 p.m. "Wrong" (Quentin Dupieux, 2012). Bizarre and entrancing comedy about a man who loses his beloved dog and, in his quest to find him, changes the lives of others. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 8 p.m.

June 9:

At the Michigan Theater: "Dangerous Liaisons." See June 7 State Theater listing (above). Noon. "Blancanieves" (Pablo Berger, 2012). Black & white silent film that situates Snow White in 1920s Spain. Spanish, subtitles. 12:15 p.m. "Purge" (Antti Jokinen, 2012). Drama about Soviet oppression in Estonia told through a sprawling tale of sex trafficking, abuse, and betrayal. Finnish, subtitles. 2:45 p.m. "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm" (Jacob Hatley, 2010). Documentary about the musician best known as the drummer and one of the three principal vocalists of The Band. 3 p.m. "Twenty Feet from Stardom" See June 7 Michigan Theater listing (above). 5:45 p.m. "Hannah Arendt" (Margarethe von Trotta, 2012). Biopic about the German-born philosopher who coined the phrase "the banality of evil." English & German, subtitles. 6 p.m. "The Spectacular Now." See June 8 Michigan Theater listing (above). 8 p.m. "Big Sur" See June 8 Michigan Theater listing (above). 8:30 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Let My People Go!" See June 6 Angell Hall listing (above). "Wrong." See June 8 Angell Hall listing (above). 2:15 p.m. "Renaissance Man" (Penny Marshall, 1994). A high-power ad exec fired for bungling a big contract winds up teaching 8 underachieving army recruits and learns a few things himself. Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, Stacey Dash. Part of the tribute to screenwriter Jim Burnstein. 4:45 p.m. "Broken" (Rufus Norris, 2012). Drama about a North London tomboy who befriends a slow-witted young man. 8 p.m.

At Angell Hall: "Nashville" (Robert Altman, 1975). See "Altmanerisms" (June 7 listing). 12:30 p.m. "Lord Montagu." See June 7 Michigan Theater listing (above). 4:30 p.m. "Commencement." See June 7 State Theater listing (above). 7 p.m.

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Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater and Detroit Institute of Arts members, $9; June 8 D3: The Mighty Ducks screening, $5; Mogul pass, $500); book of 10 tickets, $108 (members, $81) in advance at ticketweb.com and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. For DIA schedule, see cinetopiafestival.org. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m. 

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Washtenaw County Chapter support group Meeting: National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.

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The local Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind promotes the security, equality and opportunity of all blind persons. With the right training and opportunity blind people can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. It is respectable to be blind. Blindness is just another physical characteristic or nuisance. Blind people speak for themselves and serve as mentors for each other. Blind people of any age are welcome from children through seniors. The primary focus of the National Federation of the Blind, both on the national and local level is to change what it means to be blind through advocacy. We are not primarily a social organization, although social events occur in the context of our advocacy work. Examples of our advocacy might include assisting a blind student to receive Braille instruction or assisting a blind person who is experiencing discrimination in regards to employment due to blindness. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Business Meeting at 1:00.
Pizza Pinos Restaurant, 221 W. Liberty 48104. Donation. Terri Wilcox (734) 663-4050. trising@sbcglobal.net [map]
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 Noon-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Inside|Out Art Tours": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through June 23. Docents lead 30-minute walking tours of public art, with special emphasis on the reproductions of famous artworks that have been temporarily installed by the Detroit Institute of Arts. See http://www.dia.org/assets/pdf/insideout/spring2013/AnnArbor.pdf for a map of all the installations in town.
Noon-2:30 p.m., begin at AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free. 995-5439. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

In-Depth Yoga and Meditation Intensives: Ann Arbor and Meditation.

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IN-DEPTH STUDY PROGRAMS
100, 200, 300, 500 & 800-Levels:
Choose from Authentic Custom Designed Basic Through Advanced Yoga Therapy, Yoga and Meditation Programs for general or specific purposes. Excellent opportunity for deepening your knowledge and experiencing personal growth and transformation! Learn by directly receiving. Yoga is so much more than what available at yoga studios! Mentoring one-on-one for yoga teachers.
IN-DEPTH STUDY INTENSIVES
5/25-6/26; 6/08-7/09; 6/25-8/25
[Students pick area and pace of study, set their own schedule.]
AIKIDO bldg., 1904 Federal Blvd. Price varies according to level. 734-665-7801. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Stories of Anosmia": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses what she's learned talking to who've lost or never had a sense of smell and how it's affected their lives. She also introduces some olfactory calisthenics to keep your sense of smell in top shape.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Stories of Anosmia": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses what she's learned talking to who've lost or never had a sense of smell and how it's affected their lives. She also introduces some olfactory calisthenics to keep your sense of smell in top shape.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Family Magic Extravaganza: Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Family-friendly magic show by Kip.
2-2:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 769-2787. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

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The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Don Theyken's 1st Annual Retirement from Calling Dance": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Don Theyken calls English country (2-4:30 p.m.) and advanced contra (8-10 p.m.) dances to music by Debbie Jackson & Friends. Also, a potluck supper (5-7 p.m., bring a dish to pass), followed by a music performance TBA and a roast of Theyken.
2-10 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 426-0241. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Much Ado about Nothing": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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June 6-9, 13-16, & 20-23. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy that begins in the prairie and moves across the Arb to conclude in the peony garden. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 18 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
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 7 p.m. 

"Cymbeline": Blackbird Theatre Shakespeare West.

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Every Fri. & Sat., June 7-29. Blackbird kicks off its summerlong series of West Park Shakespeare productions with director Barton Bund's sexy, provocative staging of Shakespeare's romantic revenge thriller about a Briton princess who disobeys her father and marries her sweetheart. The king banishes her husband, but after various adventures and perceived betrayals, the two are reunited. Bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on and refreshments. Cast: Lynch Travis, Jamie Weeder, Qamara Black, Dan Johnson, Alastar Dimitrie, and Jesse Ahren-Jacobs.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. June 7 & 8 preview tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at blackbirdtheatre.com and at the gate. After June 8: tickets $20 (students, $15). 332-3848.
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 7 p.m. 

"Remember the Time: A Tribute to Michael Jackson": Tree of Life Dance Studio.

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Tree of Life students and staff are joined by Pinckney Dance Program dancers for an evening of music and dance inspired by decades of the "King of Pop's" most iconic songs and dance moves.
7 p.m., Pinckney Community High School Auditorium, 10255 Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Pinckney. $10 (kids age 13 & under, $6; lap children, free) in advance, $12 at the door. 433-0697. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A June Celebration Concert": Cellochan.

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Cello students age 5 to adult perform solo works. Also, an ensemble performance of Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras with singer Dorothea Mead. Reception.
7:30 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Free. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Andre Mehmari: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This talented, award-winning young Brazilian pianist-composer is internationally known for his lyrical, dynamic style performing jazz, classical, and Brazilian popular music. His compositions have been performed by respected chamber ensembles and professional orchestras, such as the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Kevin McPeek: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 7 & 8. Manic, wisecracking topical and observational humor by this 320-pound New York City-based monologist who likes to spar with his audience and regale it with visions of himself naked. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 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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 8-9:30 p.m. 

"21st-Century Vaudeville": Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Sat. A variety show with singers, fire breathers, and other performers TBA.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Chess": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 6-9. Glenn Bugala directs local actors in Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus's rock musical. Set at the end of the cold war, it's the story of an American-Russian chess tournament that's the backdrop for a compelling love story with deception, conspiracy, and triumph. Its better-known songs include "One Night in Bangkok," "I Know Him So Well," and "Anthem." Stars Dann Rafferty, Laura Tanner, and Michael Joseph.
8 p.m. (June 6-8) & 2 p.m. (June 9), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [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.  Free! 

"Studio Artists Opera Workshop": Arbor Opera Theater.

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Members of this polished local opera company's studio artists program present fully staged scenes from several famous operas.
8 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free, but donations accepted. arboropera.com. [map]
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