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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 16, 2013






 
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Craft Bazaar, Bake Sale, & Granny's Attic: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Sale of quilted and crocheted items, jewelry, Tupperware, paper crafts, lawn decorations, hats, sun-catchers, hanging towels, wooden crafts, holiday knickknacks, games, and more. Also, a woodcarving demo, bake sale, a "Grandma's Attic," and a sale of gently used jewelry and purses. Quilt raffle.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple (behind the middle school), Saline. Free admission. 429-9274. [map]
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 9-10:30 a.m. 

Information Meeting: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous.

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FA is a program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. FA is a fellowship of individuals who through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction.
An Information Session is where a small panel of FA members present a special format of an FA meeting which includes sharing of experience of the panel members and time to answer several questions from those attending the Information Session.
Calvery United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue. Donation. 734-761-4839, Missy B.. saundrab@umich.edu www.foodaddicts.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

U-M Diabetes Health Fair.

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Health screenings and presentations on diabetes-related topics. Also, info on diabetes prevention and treatment, medical supplies, and medication. Door prizes & giveaways.
9 a.m.-noon, Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk. Free. 763-0177. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

Gyleen X. Fitzgerald: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by this quilter who uses her background in engineering to simplify visually complex quilts. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - November 16: MHealthy - University of Michigan.

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Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - November 16
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, November 16 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $15. 734/764-0396. julinels@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html [map]
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 10 & 11:30 a.m., 1 & 4 p.m.  Free! 

Behind the Drywall Home Tour: Meadowlark Builders.

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The Behind The Drywall® Tour Series presents the latest in green building techniques and design before the drywall goes up. Most people don't get a chance to see these features because the majority of the green technology is put in place before the drywall is placed on the walls and ceiling.
This home's outside walls are made of Durisol blocks which act as structure, insulation and thermal mass. This is an earth-based structure, made mostly of wood and clay. The exterior walls modulate energy and moisture transfer very effectively, creating an efficient structure that inhibits mold.
Tried-and-true building techniques blended with state-of-the art new technologies not only make this home durable, but also will result in a home that utilizes a fraction of the energy and water of conventional homes. Great design with an eye on the surroundings will result in a home that blends in with the character of one of Ann Arbor's classic neighborhoods.
New home under construction, 2201 Lafayette. Free. (registration required). 734-332-1500. info@meadowlarkbuilders.com behindthedrywall.com/about [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today's project TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Holiday Sale 2013: Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Local artists show and sell gifts, home décor, fashion accessories, garments, yarn, fabric, handmade paper, and wall pieces. Also, felting, spinning, tapestry, and weaving demonstrations.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. annarborfiberarts.org. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 2 & 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Midwest Composers Symposium: U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 15 & 16 (different programs). Performances by student composers from U-M, University of Iowa, Indiana University, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Today's programs TBA.
8 p.m. (Nov. 15) and 10 a.m. & 2 & 4:30 p.m. (Nov. 16), U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Sumptuous Table: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Basic Knife Skills": Downtown Home & Garden.

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DH&G staffer Matt Banks shows how to choose the right knife and to hold and use it safely and effectively.
10 a.m.-noon, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 10 a.m.-afternoon  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities. The festivities kick off with a parade that brings Santa down Main Street to the mill where he greets children. Also, several craft and artisan shows, greens sales, bake sales, horse-drawn sleigh rides (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), "Lunch with Santa" at St. Mary's Church (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; $8 for kids, $5 for adults), and more. The village also hosts a Christmas Home Tour Dec. 7 ($15, noon-8 p.m.).
10 a.m.-afternoon, downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Fabulous and Unique Gift Sale and Book Swap": TLC Expressions.

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Nov. 14-16. Show and sale of gifts. Also, a book sale and swap (bring up to 3 books to swap, if you wish), and, on Nov. 14, a local quilter shows and discusses her holiday wall hanging and answers quilting questions (1-3 p.m.). Discounts for people who are part of a book club. Proceeds go to Ozone House.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Absolute Title, 2875 W. Liberty. Free admission. 769-3393. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Come and Play The Acorn Way: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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A group of children and their adults who think hands-on and child-directed play is the best way to learn. Monthly free playgroups on Saturdays. Free parking on site. Refreshments provided. Indoor and outdoor activities for toddlers up to school-aged. Bring the whole family (and the neighbors, too!)
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Mille Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Nov. 2: Physics professor James Wells on "Weighty Thoughts on the Origin of Mass." Nov. 9: Physics professor David Lubensky on "Making the Chicken from the Egg: A Physicist's View of Animal Development." Nov. 16: Physics professor Jeffrey McMahon on "Mapping the Beginning of the Universe." Nov. 23: Astronomy fellow Rubens Reis on "Seeing the Unseeable: Black Holes and Revelation."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime 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! 

"Cooking Up a Comet": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [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.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Hand Balance (Hand & Headstands): A2 Aviary.

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This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

Flexibility (Intro to Contortion): A2 Aviary.

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This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Health and Wellness Seminar: Hearthstone Natural Health Seminars.

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Transform your health. Transform your life. Start your own habit of health by building on a foundation of vitamins and minerals. Learn about nutritional deficits, foods that support good health, and supplements that help. Learn how occasional natural body cleansing and detoxifying supports the natural elimination of toxins. Free individualized Zyto Compass report. Presented by noted herbalist and national health educator Cindy Klement, MS, CNS. Don't miss this opportunity to attend a natural health seminar open to all with a focus on the deaf, hard-of-hearing, disabled, friends and family in a looped facility with CART captioning. An interpreter may be provided depending on attendee pre-requests. This is a scent-free environment; thanks for not wearing scented products! For information and pre-registration, call 276-2970. Space is limited so sign up early. Bring a friend and enjoy learning together!
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $35 pre-registration encouraged, $40 at door. 276-2970. [map]
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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

International Games Day: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to compete in the 4th annual International Smash Online Brawl video game tournament. Also, 4 SmashKart tournaments Pizza.
1-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Gulliver's Travels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Nov. 14-17. John Hill directs young local actors in Don Fleming's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satire about an 18th-century gentleman whose travels introduce him to many strange peoples, from the tiny Lilliputians to the gigantic Brobdingnagians.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 14-16) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 16 & 17), WCC College Theatre, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 2, 3, 16, & 17. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Nov. 2 & 3: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. Nov. 16 & 17: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Drumming Between Worlds": Ann Arbor District Library/U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

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Renowned world music percussionist Rex Bernicasa demonstrates and discusses percussion instruments and techniques used during the 17th and 18th centuries when musical influences were swapping back and forth between the New World and the Old World.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Five Bowls of Oatmeal IV: The Revenge of Oatmeal": 826michigan.

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Penny Seats Theater Company actors perform one-act plays and monologues written by playwrights ages 8-18 who participated in an 826michigan creative writing workshop. Each play or monologue features oatmeal in a prominent role.
2 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $5 (kids age 17 & under, free). 761-3463. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Life as an Epiphyte": Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society.

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Club members discuss how bromeliads, sometimes called "air plants" because they grow attached to other plants, get the moisture and nutrients they need and their surprising survival strategies.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sesame Street Party": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 2-5 invited to make their own monster mask, make Play-Doh cookies for the Cookie Monster, and help Oscar county his favorite trash.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 2:30 p.m. 

"The Addams Family: A New Musical": Skyline High School.

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Nov. 8, 9, & 14-16. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's 2010 musical based on the ghoulish characters in Charles Addams's long-running single-panel cartoon series. The plot concerns the troubles that ensue when daughter Wednesday announces her intentions to marry a normal boyfriend. Cast: Paul Dannug, Hayla Alwai, Emma Gerlinger, Cassie Ritter, Leah Bauer, Robert Taylor, Alex DiGiuseppe, Billy Reece, Joanna Vulysteke, and Dominic Valentino.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com, $12 (students & seniors, $10) and at the door. 994-6515. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Nov. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

Youth Baseball Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play baseball with the University of Michigan Baseball Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Oosterbaan Field House, 1202 S State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 3, 6:30, & 9:55 p.m. 

"Blue Is the Warmest Color": Michigan Theater.

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(Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013). Drama about the intense, complicated, decade-long romance between two young women. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. $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). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Aerial Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! This one hour conditioning class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Please bring a water bottle!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $12. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-conditioning/ [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Liz Crowe: Barnes & Noble.

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This Wolverine State Brewing Co. marketing director, creator of the a2beerwench.com blog, reads from Good Faith, the forthcoming final book in her Stewart Realty series of ordinary life romance novels. Coffee & cookies.
4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 4:30 - 5:30pm 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Basics: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-basics-conditioning/ [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Lantern-Lit Full Moon Walk": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to join an enchanting lantern-lit walk through Black Pond Woods. Followed by cocoa and storytelling around a fire.
6-7:30 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $8 (family, $30). 997-1533. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

2013 CIL Benefit Auction: The Ann Arbor CIL and Select Ride.

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As the 2013 Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Benefit Auction Title Sponsor, Select Ride invites you to attend this event on November 16, 2013, held this year at the Center's facility on Research Park Drive. The event will include dinner, live and silent auctions and more!
Benefit Auction proceeds will help kick-start the CIL's 2014 Capacity Building Campaign which will strengthen services in: Inclusion and Diversity, Health Wellness and the Family, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Sports, Recreation and the Arts, Assistive Technology and Community-Based Research-to-Action for children, youth, adults and seniors with disabilities.
The Ann Arbor CIL is a place where people with and without disabilities come together to show that real and perceived attitudinal barriers can be overcome, that success is achievable, and that life is made better by coming together. Please join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie!
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Drive. Donation. benefitauction@aacil.org www.aacil.org [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Healthy Couples Cooking.

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Eat the Season! Come and create this lovely fall menu with your health-conscious honey by your side! Enjoy the fruits of your labor in a cozy, candlelit setting, and don't forget to bring a bottle of wine! A perfect date night - guilt not included! Menu: Celery Root and Apple Slaw with Cider-Citrus Vinaigrette: Herb-Crusted Halibut Fillets with White Wine Reduction; Smashed Fingerlings with Arugula, Gorgonzola, and Olive Oil; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pistachios, Balsamic Glaze, and Pomegranate; Pear and Vanilla Bean en Papillote with Cashew Cream
*This menu can easily accommodate vegetarians or vegans. Please notify us before registering if you'd like us to tweak the menu to your liking! 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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 7-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Rockin' for Mr Largebeat" Benefit Concert.

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A fund raiser featuring music memorabilia sale, classic rock by the Six Foot Poles, and jams with past members and friends of Mr. Largebeat Band. No cover. Donations accepted. All proceeds go to Largebeat's medical fund.
The Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 480-2739. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese Documentary Film Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Nov. 2: Warm Winter (Zheng Kuo, 2011). Documentary about a group of artists living in a number of Beijing's arts districts and their struggle to save their studios from demolition by land developers during one of Beijing's coldest winters. Chinese, subtitles.

Nov. 16: My Mother's Rhapsody (Qiu Jiongjiong, 2011). Documentary in which the director's 86-year-old grandmother and the 60-year-old son who lives with her offer a salty, savory account of their life journeys. Mandarin, subtitles.

Nov. 18: Stratum 1: The Visitors (Cong Feng, 2012). Award-winning experimental documentary about childhood memory, urban renewal, and the bulldozing of whole communities of contemporary Beijing. Chinese & English, subtitles. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 23: I Have What? Chinese Peasants War: The Rhetoric to Justice (Mao Chenyu, 2013). Documentary about the struggles of Chinese peasants for survival over the past 60 years. Chinese, subtitles.

Dec. 7: Moose (Gu Tao, 2013). Documentary about the effects on the lives of Inner Mongolian hunters of the disappearance of the moose to ecological destruction and illegal hunting. Ewenki & Mandarin, subtitles.

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7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A (except as noted), entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg. Free. 764-6308. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-17 vs. Green Bay.

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Nov. 15 & 16.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Writers Series: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Readings by area writers.

Nov. 16: Don Cellini. Adrian College Spanish professor who is a widely published poet and translator.

Nov. 23: Ed Morin. Ann Arbor poet and translator.

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7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Almost the Full Beaver Moon": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner gives a short presentation on "night things," including owls, coyotes, migrating birds, stars, and planets. Followed by a hike and snacks around a fire.
7-9 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, meet in the Beach Center parking lot in the section farthest from the lake, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free; $5 park entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Guys and Dolls": Chelsea High School Theater Guild.

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Nov. 15-17. Carrie Jay Sayer directs Chelsea High students in this popular Frank Loesser musical based on Damon Runyan's stories and characters. Set in New York City in the 1930s, the action focuses on 2 contrasting romances, one a long-running liaison between a nightclub singer and a professional gambler and the other an unlikely affair between a high roller and a Salvation Army sister. The lively score includes such classics as "Luck Be a Lady," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat."
7 p.m. (Nov. 15 & 16) & 3 p.m. (Nov. 17), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $12 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-4524. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Space: The Final Frontier": U-M Dicks & Janes.

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This co-ed a cappella ensemble performs songs by Lorde, Bernhoft, Ella Fitzgerald, Fleet Foxes, George Gershwin, and others.
7:30 p.m., U-M Modern Languages Bldg., Auditorium 4. $5 in advance; $8 at the door. umich.eud/~dandj.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Pippin": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Nov. 8, 10, & 15-17. Michael Hartung directs Pioneer students in Stephen Schwartz's 1972 Broadway hit, a pop-rock musical about the son of King Charlemagne, a hapless klutz who seeks the meaning of life variously through exploits in war, sex, and politics. The show's better-known songs include "Magic to Do," "No Time at All," and "Simple Joys."
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 9, 15, & 16) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 10 & 17), PHS, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, and PHS staff, $10) in advance at showtix4u.com, and at the door. 994-2191. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Insanity of Mary Girard": Huron High School Players.

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Nov. 8, 9, 15, & 16. Students present Lanie Robertson's drama about an 18th-century woman whose husband has her declared legally insane after she becomes pregnant by another man. In the asylum, furies dance around her and impersonate people from her past.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Little Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (students, seniors, & HHS staff; $6). 994-2095. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Miracle Worker": Saline High School Drama Club.

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Students perform William Gibson's drama about the relationship between Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who broke through to the wild and unruly deaf-and-blind young girl and taught her sign language.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 15 & 16) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 17), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $7. 429-8000, ext. 5050. [map]
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Andy McKee: The Ark.

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Celebrated fingerstyle guitar virtuoso from Topeka whose live performance of his signature song "Drifting" is one of the highest-rated YouTube clips ever, with almost 50 million views. His repertoire includes pop-folk covers of everyone from Tears for Fears to Michael Hedges, along with many originals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Rodney Laney: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 14-16. New Jersey-bred stand-up comic and actor who specializes in wry observational humor about assorted features of contemporary life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

San Francisco Symphony: University Musical Society.

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Widely regarded as the nation's most polished and finely tuned orchestra, the "SFS runs like a well-oiled machine," says one reviewer, "but its playing…is never routine, always dedicated." Tonight, Michael Tilson Thomas, long regarded as an important interpreter of Mahler, directs the SFS in Mahler's Symphony No. 9. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a prelude dinner (Rackham building 4th floor, $75) with a lecture by U-M musicology professor Mark Clague on the artist and history of the performed work.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $10-$85, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Dreamland Theater.

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Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Night at the Circus Party": Ringstar Studio.

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All invited to try out circus toys, including an aerial hammock, a lyra (aerial hoop), a climbing rope, fitness ring, and a cargo net. Also, performances by the Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
8 p.m., Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. (north off Ellsworth west of Stone School). $10. 320-1147. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Hollywood and Hyde": Emergent Arts.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 7-22. This local theater company presents Tim Henning's new dark comedy, a modern retelling of Jekyll and Hyde in which Jekyll is a bitter out-of-work Hollywood actor whose closest confidante has begun to notice strange and violent happenings surrounding him. Cast: Larry Rusinsky, Cyd Heed, Tony Putman, Randolph Fitzpatrick, Eric Bloch, Paul Bianchi, David Kleitch, and Ari Litman-Weinberg. Note: The Nov. 23 performance has been cancelled.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $15 (students with ID and seniors, $12). 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Jerry's Girls": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Barber of Seville": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

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Nov. 14-17. U-M opera professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Rossini's ever popular comic opera. The ardent Count Almaviva loves the beautiful Rosina, but Rosina's crochety old guardian wants to marry the girl himself. With the help of Figaro, the wily town barber, the young lovers are eventually united. A masterpiece of the bel canto repertory, the opera abounds with familiar melodies, including the famous overture, Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa," and Figaro's aria "Largo al factotum." Performed in Italian, with English surtitles. Clinton Smith conducts the University Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 9:15 p.m. 

"Short Term 12": Michigan Theater.

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(Destin Cretton, 2013). Drama about a 20-something and her boyfriend who help run a foster care facility.
Michigan Theater. $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). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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