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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 9, 2013






 
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"Unfinished Song": Michigan Theater.

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Tentative. (Paul Andrew Williams, 2012). A grumpy man honors his recently deceased wife by joining her choir. Vanessa Redgrave.
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. 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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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! 

Stroller Strides Community Class: Fit4Mom.

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Every 2nd Friday of the month we host a free community Stroller Strides class for any mamas and their little ones to come out and join us for a free workout.
Stroller Strides Ann Arbor is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes intervals of cardio, strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors (who are also moms), it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms, engage in playgroups with their babies, and to form lasting friendships. Stroller Strides is designed to give mothers the "Strength for Motherhood!"
Please email/enroll online to reserve a spot: http://annarbor.fit4mom.com
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. jordannelson@fit4mom.com http://annarbor.fit4mom.com/ [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Xplore Engineering: University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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Bring your child or grandchild to the University of Michigan campus for a day of fun and experiential learning! Through a series of workshops, children will explore the field of engineering and concepts of science. This event is geared for children entering 5th-8th grade, and is offered as a chance for all parents (not just alumni) to introduce their children to engineering concepts and the Michigan Engineering campus.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited. Each child must attend with an accompanying adult. Workshops from nine departments are offered, with each attendee able to participate in three of the workshops. In addition, lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided, along with a tour of the Big House and Crisler Arena.
For more information on the workshops and how to register, please visit our website.
College of Engineering, University of Michigan North Campus. $75. hinesone@umich.edu http://mconnex.engin.umich.edu/events/2013/xplore-engineering-alumni-summer-camp/
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"US-12 Heritage Trail Sale": Saline Area Historical Society Fundraiser.

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Aug. 9 & 10. This yard sale is part of a state-wide event with various sales along the road between Detroit and New Buffalo.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [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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 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Doggie Tales & Tricks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades pre-K to 3 invited to listen to some folktales about dogs and then meet some Therapaws therapy dogs.
10-10:45 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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! 

"Dr. Seuss ABC Ready-for-School Children's Event": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids age 4 & up for a storytelling program featuring Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and other back-to-school stories.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-0846. [map]
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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily, June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space ((12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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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 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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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Data Infrastructures of Thinking and Making": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design head of research Jamie Allen discusses the relationship between technology, data, truth, and representation.
1-2:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

The 2013 Ann Arbor Sharing Summit: A2Share.

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The summit seeks to connect the various people and organizations interested and invested in the sharing economy of the Ann Arbor area and serve as a springboard for future conversations and collaborations. The ultimate goal is to buildcapacity for the community's sharing (and shared) resources in a fun, informative, and
cross disciplinary context.
● WHAT: A public gathering for all ages to connect and learn about opportunities for sharing and sustainable community building in the Ann Arbor area!
● WHERE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and UM Campus Farm, 1800 N. Dixboro
Road, Ann Arbor
● WHEN: Friday, August 9th. 2 -4 PM: Tour and volunteer at the Campus Farm;
4 7 PM: Summit at Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium
● WHY: To build capacity and momentum for the Ann Arbor sharing economy
and the sustainable food movement
● FOOD: Guests are invited to bring a cold dish to share, as well as their own
reusable table service. Additional light refreshment
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and UM Campus Farm, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Free. Donation. http://a2sharesummit.eventbrite.com/. info@a2share.org http://a2share.org [map]
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 5-9:30 p.m. 

Summerfest: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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This downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, contests, a blackjack tournament, the large "Saline Street Machines" car show, a teen block party (Aug. 9), trike races, a 5-km race with cash prizes, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. The Aug. 9 headliner is the versatile Ohio rock cover band 56 Daze. The Aug. 10 headliner is Phoenix Theory, a Detroit rock cover band made up of members of Scoot Magoo, Fifty Amp Fuse, and the Uncle Kracker band. Updated schedule available at salinesummerfest.org.
Times TBA, downtown Saline. Free admission. 604-0051.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Gallery Reception: How to get Beethoven's Television: BLOOM! Gallery at BLOOM! Garden Center.

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The opening of How to get Beethoven's Television, a series of found object collages by M80 and nature-inspired collages by Betsy Emrich. Both artist's evoke feelings of nostalgia through their primitive, folk art pieces. BLOOM! supports local businesses and is proud to serve White Lotus Farms bread and goat cheese, Jolly Pumpkin beer and Sandhill Crane wines.
BLOOM! Garden Center (Fine Art Gallery), 1885 Baker Rd, Dexter. Free. 734-426-6600. gretchen@bloom-gardens.com www.bloom-gardens.com [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Photography Exhibit: Argus Museum.

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The Argus Museum is hosting the Wayne State University student photography exhibit, "The Janus Effect: Looking to the Past and Present". Their work explores nineteenth century processes coupled with contemporary content. The show's opening is being held on August 9th, 6:00-8:30 and is free and open to the public. The Argus Museum is located on the second floor of the Argus I Building at 525 West William Street in Ann Arbor. The museum is open 9-5 weekdays or by appointment and the show runs through September 27th. For more information please call 734-769-0770 or contact Cheryl at cchidester@onealconstruction.com.
Argus Museum, 525 West William. Free. 734-769-0770. cchidester@onealconstruction.com [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
6 p.m., Crooked Lake fishing pier, Green Rd., 2 miles north off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]
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 6:30-10:00 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Date Night - Greek Isles!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun GREEK ISLES menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Saganaki (OPA!) and Tzadziki - Cucumber, Garlic & Yogurt Dip both Served with Fresh Crusty Bread; Village Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Garbanzos, Peppers, Feta & Greek Vinaigrette; Grilled Lamb Chop Lollipops; Lemon-Honey Yogurt Brulee with Nuts & Berries. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

DAYFest 2013: Downtown Association of Ypsilanti.

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Every Fri., July 2-Aug. 9. Outdoor stage in downtown Ypsilanti with a variety of dance bands. Also, food concessions and other vendors. (In case of rain, held indoors.)

July 12: Devil Elvis Show(7 p.m.), an Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band, and The Martindales an Ypsilanti blues and rock band led by singer-guitarist (and Tap Room owner) Brian Brickley.

July 19: John Smith & Daja (7 p.m.), a Latin jazz-funk group, and 40 Stitches Later (8:45 p.m.), a Jackson Americana alt-country quartet.

July 26: Strong Tower Ministries Gospel Fest. This Ypsilanti nondenominational full gospel church presents a gospel variety show featuring performers from its congregation, including the youth & adult choirs, the gospel band 4-Word, music from its hit musical Give Me 1 Reason by RonSher Brooks & other cast members, the Aria Musical Trio,Taco & Jac, gospel comedian MC Hollywood, and others TBA.

Aug. 2: The White Ravens (7 p.m.), the highly regarded local self-styled "pop-geek-cabaret" rock duo of siblings Amy and Will Bennett, and The Vibratrons (8:45 p.m.), an all-star band led by veteran local rocker Dan Mulholland, the charismatic former leader of the Watusis and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands.

Aug. 9: Foundation of Funk (7 p.m.), a top-notch Detroit soul-flavored R&B, blues, and 70s funk band led by guitarist Steve Somers and featuring vocalist Valerie Barrymore, and Lady Sunshine & the X Band (8:45 p.m.), a popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. Also, a short performance by 17-year-old singer-songwriter Dymond Harding (8:20 p.m.), a Lincoln High School student who new single, Salvador Santana's "Me, Myself, and I," was produced by Salvador and his father, the legendary blues-rock guitarist Carlos Santana.

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7-10 p.m., Washington St. between Michigan Ave. & Pearl. Free. 481-0140.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rose Hybridization": Huron Valley Rose Society.

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A club member gives a slide-illustrated presentation on rose hybridization. Geared toward beginners.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Beginner Tango Lessons: MTango.

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Once a year, MTango offers a 6-week series of beginner tango classes for FREE! Join us every Friday evening from July 12-August 16. More information is available on our website (umich.edu/~mtango).
Mason Hall. Free. mtango.news@gmail.com http://www.umich.edu/~mtango
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Midwestern Gothic Reading: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by writers TBA who were featured in the most recent issue of this literary journal.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Nathan Timmel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 9 & 10. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about contemporary culture and politics. 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.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Aug. 9 & 23, Sept. 6 & 20. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the late U-M physics professor emeritus Ernst Katz's Core Anthroposophy. Familiarity with Rudolf 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 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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July 11-14, 18-21, & 25-28, and Aug. 1-4. 8-11 & 15-18. Daniel Cooney directs this Dexter-based professional company in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances. Stars U-M voice professor Stephen West, with J. Michael Bailey, Darcy Link, Elias Wygodny, Zach Barnes, Erika Henningsen, Madison Deadman, Marlene Inman-Reilly, and Jeff Steinhauer.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 8), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (seniors & students, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"My Name Is Asher Lev": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 8-Sept. 8, and Sept. 14 & 15. David Magidson directs the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner's drama adapted from Chaim Potok's 1972 novel about a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Immersing himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery, he produces a masterwork, The Brooklyn Crucifixions, that he hesitates to exhibit since it may bring shame on his family and community. Stars Mitchell Koory, Naz Edwards, & Loren Bass. The Sept. 1 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. (Aug. 24 & Sept. 7), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Aug. 8), $22 (Aug. 9, 11, & 15), and $30 (Aug. 10). Aug. 16 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Aug. 16: $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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