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Friday, June 28, 2013

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 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

IT Day Camp: Eco Friendly Architecture with Minecraft 5-day Course: Graham Systems.

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Eco Friendly Architecture with Minecraft
Ages: 9-14
Date: Monday -Friday, June 24-28, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Ann Arbor Learning Community- map
Cost: $550**
**Early Registration, Save $100 through April 30, 2013 Cost: $450.
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Course Description: Ecological Architectural Concepts are the focus in this hands on series. This course is sponsored by local Developer, Community Builders LLC, that provides real plans for Eco Friendly Architecture. Throughout the course, the plans are studied and prepared for the world of Minecraft. First as a group we sketch our own version of the Eco Friendly buildings, noting the features that make them Eco Friendly. The buildings must show sustainability and functionality. Instructors use the Minecraft game to engage young developers and make creations that are ultimately teaching the base concepts in Eco Friendly Architecture.
Ann Arbor Learning Community, 3980 Research Park Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $450/per 5-day course. 734-646-0251. [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 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Annual Barn Sale and Festival: Dixboro General Store.

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June 28-30. This charming country store housed in an old farmhouse opens its historic barns for this festival, which includes daily performances by a band TBA. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (June 28 & 29) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 30), Dixboro General Store, 5206 Plymouth Rd., just east of Dixboro Rd. Free admission. 663-5558. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Drop-in Book Babies": Saline District Library.

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Storytime for babies age 24 months & under.
10:30-11 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity!": Dexter District Library.

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Every Fri-Sun. through Sept. 1. Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:16 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Towards A Culture Of Inclusion: Building & Sustaining A Diverse Board - Session 1.

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Increasingly, nonprofit boards are recognizing the critical need to become more inclusive of diversity in order to meet the needs of the communities they serve and achieve their missions. In this two-part workshop, we will spend the first session gaining an understanding of the nonprofit context for diversity and inclusion at the macro level. During the first session, we will review key trends and statistics that illustrate the national nonprofit landscape relative to board diversity and inclusion. We will then bridge that understanding to the micro level to explore participants' own organizations through the interactive examination of barriers to, strengths of and opportunities for diversity, inclusion and equity on their boards. Participants will be able to make a strong case for fostering a culture of inclusion and advancing social equity in their own organizations at the end of this session.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St Ann Arbor. $50. (734)988-0160. [map]
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 1 & 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Joel Tacey Variety Show": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Western Michigan children's entertainer Joel Tacey presents a interactive mix of dazzling juggling, silly music, wacky stunts, and amazing gadgets fro kids in grades K-5.
1-1:45 & 4-4:45 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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 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. [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

Towards A Culture Of Inclusion: Building And Sustaining A Diverse Board - Session 2.

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This second session presents practical strategies to genuinely and authentically build and sustain diverse boards, while also exploring a case study depicting a local nonprofit that recently completed a comprehensive diversity action plan. Using lessons learned from the case study, participants will develop their own draft Diversity & Inclusion Action plans for their organizations. Participants will leave this session with a draft Plan and the requisite tools to effectively promote this work in their organizations. This two-part workshop provides something for everyone, from the board that has already committed to building diversity, to the board that is just beginning these conversations.
NEW Center, 110 North Main St. $50. (734)988-0160. [map]
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 4-11 p.m. 

62nd Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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June 26-30. Carnival games and rides. Concessions.
4-11 p.m. (June 26-28), noon-11 p.m. (June 29), & noon-9 p.m. (June 30), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission ($20 for rides wristband; small charge for individual game & ride tickets); $5 minimum purchase for admittance after 9 p.m., 531-9626. [map]
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 4:30 p.m. 

Chicken Dinner: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Grilled chicken, wild rice, veggies, & dessert. Also, traditional folk songs by singer-guitarist San Slomovits (of the popular duo Gemini) and his daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits.
4:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $8; reservations required by June 21. 429-9274. [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": Michigan Theater.

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(Joss Whedon, 2012). A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy.
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). 668-TIME, [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (9:30 p.m.), the acclaimed Chicago-based post-punk soul quintet led by the talented and charismatic vocalist Brooks. Opening acts are Ann Arbor pop-Americana singer-songwriter John Whitaker (5 p.m.), local singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Dupont (6 p.m.), Ann Arbor jazz-inflected neo-soul trio Gwyneth Hayes Trio (7 p.m.), and The Brothers Groove (8 p.m.), a local new-wave blues and punky jazz-rock band. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Maxx (age 21 & over only). Also, "Superhero" (9:45-11:45 p.m., June 28-30), an interactive experience that transforms participants into superheroes by using cameras and software to project them onto the façade of the Burton Memorial Tower. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 6-7 p.m. 

Kids summer camp!!!!: Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness Kids Summer Camp!!!
Have your kids come dance and stretch their way to fitness!!!
June 19, 2013 to July 19, 2013
(No class 7/03 & 7/05)
Zumbatomic and Yoga (30 mins each)
Ages: 4-12 years (Boys and Girls)
Wednesdays & Fridays
Kids Summer Camp costs $69 for 8 classes. There is a $10 early bird discount ($59/8 classes) for registrations by June 7, 2013
A parent can join the session with the child for $20.00/session.
Enter to WIN an 8 class package by emailing to: or commenting on
More details on:
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Think Pink! Drink Pink!: Mainstreet Ventures.

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Join us on Friday, June 28 at 6:00pm at The Chop House's
La Dolce Vita lounge and bar. Enjoy fine wines and delectable
appetizers for $29.95 per person, proceeds to benefit the
Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk 2013.
Reservations required: (888) 456-3463
Credit card is required for all reservations.
Event information at:
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations Recommended
The Chop House Ann Arbor, 322 S. Main St. $29.95 per person. Tax and gratuity included.. (888) 456-3463 (DINE). [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Hook, Line, & Sinker": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Sat through Aug. 23. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Lake Day Use Area fishing pier, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Beneath the Surface Summer Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades 5-12 invited to discuss Dark Life, Kat Falls' futuristic coming-of-age novel about a teen who's spent his whole life in an underwater colony, working for the citizens of above-ground stacked cities that were built up after earthquakes and tsunamis destroyed much of Earth. Also, a trivia contest, prizes, and snacks.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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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 and at the gate. After June 8: tickets $20 (students, $15). 332-3848.
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 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

"What's a Doula Anyway?": Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Talk by local doula Dawn Bussey.
7-8:15 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration recommended. 975-4500. [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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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Dobie Maxwell: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 28 & 29. This veteran Milwaukee-bred comic is an explosively animated performer who specializes in cartoonish tales of the myriad misfortunes that have beset him since he was abandoned as a young child by his biker parents. 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 p.m. 

Makem & Spain Brothers: The Ark.

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The 3 sons of Irish music icon Tommy Makem-Shane, Conor, and Rory-have teamed up with the New Hampshire-bred Irish folk musicians Liam and Mickey Spain to perform a wide array of traditional Celtic music, along with whaling, fishing, and mining songs.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Becky Shaw": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 20-July 28. Phil Powers directs the Michigan premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's 2008 Off-Broadway hit comedy that blends sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller. When a high-strung newlywed fixes up her uptight stepbrother with her husband's sweet and sexy coworker, the blind date takes a dark turn. Stars Sarab Kamoo, David Wolber, Dorry Peltyn, Keith Kalinowski, and Maggie Meyer. The July 14 performance is followed 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.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (July 6 & 20), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (June 20), $22 (June 21, 23, & 27), and $30 (June 22). June 28 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After June 28: $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 & 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.-2 a.m. 

"Lift Off: Bird Call": A2 Aviary.

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Exhibit of works by local artists and performances that revolve around the themes of flight, feathers, wings, and birds. Followed by a dance party. Food & drinks.
8 p.m.-2 a.m., A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State. $10., 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Miles & Ellie": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Don Zolidis's new comic drama about a divorced and disenchanted woman who returns to her hometown, where she discovers her high school sweetheart is still carrying a torch for her.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 20-26 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). June 27: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Play's the Thing": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 28 & 29 (different programs). Local actors read new works by local playwrights. Followed by audience feedback.
8 p.m. (June 28 & 29) & 2 p.m. (June 29), A2CT Studio Theater, 322 W. Ann. Free. 971-2228. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The UFO Show"--canceled.: Emergent Arts.

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This event has been canceled.
8 p.m. (June 27-29), 3 p.m. (June 29), & 2 p.m. (June 30), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $16 (students & seniors, $12)., 985-0875. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m. 

"The World According to YOU!": Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Fri. Improv comedy show, with skits based on audience suggestions.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [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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 9:30 p.m. 

"Frances Ha": Michigan Theater.

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(Noah Baumbach, 2012). Comedy about a quirky aspiring dancer living in New York City without an apartment or a real job.
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)., 668-TIME. [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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