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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 23, 2013






 
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"Dallas Buyers Club": Michigan Theater.

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(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013). Drama about a Texas electrician who battles Big Pharma after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto.
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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 6:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Late Fall Trip to Belle Isle": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Oakland Audubon Society president Don Burlett leads a hike through this Detroit island park designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead to look for migrating or wintering waterfowl, gulls, sparrows, and raptors.
6:45 a.m. departure, carpool from the Park-n-Ride lot, Plymouth Rd. just west of US-23. Free. 677-3275.
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Christmas Bazaar: First Presbyterian Church Missions Fundraiser.

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Sale of Haiti rum cakes, handmade items from the Philippines and Russia, artisan silver jewelry from Nicaragua, carved olive wood from Israel/Palestine, and more. Also, sale of fair trade items from Ten Thousand Villages. Door prize.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Nov. 23) & 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Nov. 24), First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw. Free admission. 995-0281. [map]
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 9:30-11 a.m. 

Harvest Celebration!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Join us for a Harvest Celebration! Bring your little ones, 18 months-5 years, to enjoy a morning of harvest crafts, activities, snack and free play. This is a great opportunity for those families who cannot attend our weekday classes to enjoy meeting other families in the community as well as a great time for the kids. Families who are able to attend our classes on weekedays, please come and have a great time on the weekend as well.
In conjunction with the Harvest Celebration, we will also have an optional handprint or footprint tile making activity. For a $30 donation to Lamaze, you will have the opportunity to make 3 tiles that feature your child's handprint or footprint. One tile will be permanently displayed in our toddler room, and you'll take 2 tiles home. These tiles make great gifts or keepsakes!
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Holiday Craft Show: St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Show and sale of crafts by more than 40 artists. Raffles. Refreshments, desserts, and lunch available.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 9425 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free admission. 461-6555. [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.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Hodgepodge": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 23) & noon-4 p.m. (Nov. 24), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Kids Are Chefs, Too!": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make applesauce, pumpkin pie, and stuffing using seasonings that come from plants similar to the ones found in the conservatory.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [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., noon, and 1 & 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra: Barnes & Noble.

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Performances by wind and string ensembles from this this disciplined volunteer orchestra.
11 a.m., noon, and 1 & 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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.-4 p.m. 

"Art on the Lake": Local Ann Arbor Artists Open House and Sale.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Show and sale of clothing, jewelry, art glass, and more by nationally known artists Carol Furtado, Idelle Hammond-Sass, and Annette Baron. Refreshments.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 23) & noon-4 p.m. (Nov. 24), 505 Lakeview Ave. (off Liberty east of Wagner). Free admission. 663-7114, 741-4441. [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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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity: Artrain and Arts at Michigan.

  community member   < less Sungho Choi - My America.  Mixed media on wood

Ann Arbor-based Artrain and Arts at Michigan present Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, a rich, reflective exhibition of works by 39 artists representing the vast cultural blend of modern American society at The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan's North Campus from November 7 - November 26. Gallery hours are 12:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday through Friday.
Special Infinite Mirror events are planned for Tuesday, November 12, 2013:
5:00 pm - Public Reception for Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity with special guest Indira Frietas Johnson, exhibition artist, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator.
7:00 pm - Penny W. Stamps Special Lecture featuring Indira Frietas Johnson.
Penny W. Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Presented in association with the Stamps School of Art & Design and the River Gallery
The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center, North Campus, University of Michigan, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Free. 734.747.8300. deb.polich@artrainusa.org www.artrainusa.org [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.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Video game tournaments.

Apr. 12: Mario Kart. For all ages,.

Apr. 13): Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.

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1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 & 7 p.m. 

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

Wizard of Oz presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre: Tecumseh Youth Theatre.

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Wizard of Oz
Presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre
November 22-24, 2013
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 3 pm
The Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion help Dorothy find her way home in this beloved musical presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre. Enjoy the cast of TYT as they follow the yellow brick road to Oz.
Tickets $8 Adult, $6 Senior & Youth
Purchase tickets at Tecumseh Center for the Arts in person, by phone 517.423.6617, or online at www.thetca.org
Learn more about the Tecumseh Youth Theatre (TYT) visit their web site at www.tecumsehyouththeatre.com
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh. $6 adult, $8 senior & youth. 517.423.6617. jgall@tecumseh.mi.us http://www.thetca.org [map]
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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Pantaloons and Tunics: A Masked Comedy Affair": The Vagari Project.

  community member   < less The Vagari Project traveling street theater troupe

Nov. 22 & 23 The Vagari Project, a traveling street theater troupe, has been on the road for two months, traversing the East coast, performing in town squares, parks, farmers markets, street corners, schools, living rooms, pig roasts, and more. Our work is primarily based in commedia dell'arte traditions, but has evolved as we respond to our audiences and explore other styles. We're on our way home now, and we want to share our work with our hometown! Each show will be comprised of five short plays, ranging from traditional commedia dell'arte to African folk tale to comedic adaptation of a modern blockbuster. All are kid-friendly, so bring the whole family!
Reservations recommended, email vagariproject@gmail.com to reserve your seats!
$10 suggested donation (A third of your donation supports Ben Sayer's cancer treatment. Read more here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-ben-regain-health-and-be-cancer-free/93345)
Carrie Jay Studio, 7570 2nd Street, Dexter. $10 suggested donation. vagariproject@gmail.com vagariproject.com [map]
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 2 p.m. 

LASER Cutter Workshop: All Hands Active.

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Learn how to cut & etch with a LASER this Saturday!
Cost: We ask for $10 to $15 for this class.
What does all this wonderful time and money get you?
- Basic instruction on how to use the laser cutter
- 1 hour (in addition / after class time) of use on the laser cutter, with the ability to pay for more time ($10 p/hour for members, $12 p/hour for non members)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, upgrade the laser cutter!
Basic class plans:
- Basic image editing and generation
- Difference between raster and vector
- Pre cut flight check
- How to size your document
- Laser cutter set up and lock/unlock
- Power settings and configurations
- Cleaning the bed
- Basic trouble shooting
- Acceptable materials
- Post cut flight check
FYI: This class is limited to just 8 people. PREREGISTER at http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ now to guarantee your spot!
This class repeats every fourth Saturday of the month!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. (734) 707-8242. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 1 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 6 & 20 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 13 & 27 and Oct. 4, 11, & 18 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 11 & 18 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 18 (11 a.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 22 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2 p.m. 

"Caroline, or Change": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Nov. 20-23. U-M musical theater professor Mark Madama directs musical theater students in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical, set in St. Charles, Louisiana, against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, about a divorced African American woman who is thrust into the middle of the conflicts within the Southern Jewish family for which she is working as a maid.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $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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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Pantaloons and Tunics: A Masked Comedy Affair": Carriage House Theatre.

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Nov. 22 & 23. Carriage House traveling street theater troupe The Vagari Project performs a kid-friendly program of five short plays ranging from traditional commedia dell'arte to African folk tale to comedic adaptation of a modern blockbuster. Partial proceeds benefit Dexter resident Ben Sayer's cancer treatment.
7 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23), Carrie Jay Studio, 7570 2nd St., Dexter. $10 suggested donation. vagariproject@gmail.com. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [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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 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 & 8 p.m. 

"White Christmas: The Musical": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 21-Dec. 22. Barbara Cullen directs this 2004 musical, adapted from the 1954 film, about 2 nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. The Irving Berlin score features "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean," ad the iconic title song. Cast: Jess Alexander, Darcy Link, Jennifer Bachman, and Tim Brayman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Dec. 5), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22; Nov. 21 preview only, $18); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat. & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets available at the door only 1 hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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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 4:30 - 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 p.m. 

Michigan International Festival: Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West.

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Musical and dance performances by multicultural groups TBA. Food court features international vendors. Keynote speaker TBA. Silent auction.
5 p.m. (doors open), with performances starting at 7 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline. Tickets $30 at the door; $15 in advance, available online and at several local businesses listed on the website. 931-0501, mifestival.org. [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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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Upscale Thanksgiving for Two.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun 'Upscale Thanksgiving for Two' menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Shaved Fennel Salad with Pomegranate and Citrus; Walnut and Autumn Herb Crusted Turkey Scallopini; Orange and Thyme-Scented Smashed Yams with Cranberry Vinaigrette; Blistered Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Sherry and Pistachios; Poached Pears in Mulled Cider with Cinnamon Chantilly Cream. 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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 6:30-9 p.m. 

Motown Dance Party: Beth Israel Congregation.

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Dancing to live music by Soultivity, a local band of lawyers that was a finalist in the 2012 American Bar Association's national Battle of the Bands. Proceeds benefit an alternative spring break service trip for high school students.
6:30-9 p.m., LIVE, 102 S. 1st St. $10 in advance by mail to Beth Israel Congregation (2000 Washtenaw, 48104); $15 at the door. 664-9897. [map]
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 7:00 p.m. 

Alumni Concert: Huron Music Association.

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Please join us for the Huron Alumni Concert. This concert promises to be a wonderful evening filled with music, song and fun! All proceeds from the concert will be shared by the Huron Band, Orchestra and Choir.
The concert will feature former Huron Alumni Danny Clegg, Adam Collins, Akira Kaku, Alexandria Strother, and Colleen Wang. Each of these River Rats has gone on to further study music and/or pursue musical careers after graduating from Huron.
Following the concert, please join us for refreshments and a mini silent auction to benefit the Huron Band's April 2014 trip to Normandy , France to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day.
Huron High School's Black Box Theater, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. $10. 997-1900 ext. 37534. huronbandfrancetrip2014@gmail.com http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-18/index.html [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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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Balkan and Israeli dancing to live music by the Ethnic Connection.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball vs. Wisconsin.

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7 p.m., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8 (seniors & youth, $5). 764-0247.
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 7 p.m. 

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever": EMU Theatre Department.

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Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8. EMU drama professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in Barbara Robinson's comedy about a family of hooligans who take over the Sunday school Christmas pageant. Joseph and the Wise Men get in a fight, Mary runs away with the baby, and as the miscreants lie, steal, and smoke cigars, the pageant descends into a state of raucous hilarity that harbors a heart-warming denouement. A family-oriented production for theatergoers age 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-1221.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Thin Air": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 21-23. Matthew Flickinger directs U-M students in an improvised one-act play based on audience suggestions.
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23) & 11 p.m. (Nov. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

4th Saturday Contra & Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Reuven AnafShalom, and Marlin Whitaker call to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Bring a snack to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 786-8380. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

TwerkShop: A2 Aviary.

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It's in every club, at every party, and all over YouTube! Twerking has made a comeback and in full force, no you can join the movement too! This workshop will cover basic twerk moves as well as some of the more advance such as "booty roll", "pop and drop", "scrub the ground", "lazy stripper", "stripper wiggle", as well as the infamous "make dat money hand stand". Each move will be broken down step by step and then put together in a mini routine. Whether you want to learn for fitness or to be the hottest twerker in the club this workshop has it all!
Booty shorts or leggings are recommended for best possible jiggle, and you WILL need a water bottle!
After the workshop, those who are 21+ and interested are invited to join us for a drink at the Aviary before heading to The Necto to show off your new skills!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $20. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Bob: A Life in Five Acts": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in award-winning young San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's exuberantly comic exploration of the mythology of the American Dream that chronicles the highly unusual life of a man's lifelong quest to become a "Great Man." Playwright Nachtrieb is on hand after the Nov. 23 performance for a Q&A with the audience. Stars Milo Tucker-Meyer and an ensemble of more than 40 performers who enliven the evocation of a wild contemporary American landscape with original music, interpretive dance, and absurdist comedy.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Caucasian Chalk Circle": Greenhills School.

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Nov. 22-24. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs Upper School students in Bertolt Brecht's parable based on an ancient Chinese fable. A peasant girl rescues her kingdom's abandoned infant heir during a revolution in a mythical country in the Caucasus mountains. When the child's birth mother reasserts her claim to the boy in order to regain her lands and power, a judge applies a Solomon-like test to determine the true mother.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Greenhills School, 850 Greenhills Dr. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 205-4098. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Drew DeFour & Friends: Ann Street Music Room.

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Ensemble led by this local singer-songwriter-pianist whose songs are influenced by Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Ray Charles.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 829-0148. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jeremy Kittel & Friends: The Ark.

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Kittel is a nationally up-and-coming fiddle virtuoso from Saline, a U-M music school jazz grad who now lives in Brooklyn. His extremely eclectic repertoire ranges from Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton fiddle tunes to jazz, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian tunes, and originals that draw on all these genres. He performs tonight with his quartet--which includes mandolin, hammered dulcimer, and cello--along with some local guest musicians.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 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 p.m. 

Ryan Wolfe: Canterbury House.

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Performance by this Portland singer-pianist whose influences range from P-Funk to Prine to Stevie Wonder to Sigur Ros.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 665-0606. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

The Kava Lounge: The Yellow Barn.

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Open stage for musicians, poets, storytellers, performance artists, and dancers. Kava-coconut tea.
8 p.m.-midnight, Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Tim Walkoe: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 21-23. A grand prize winner on ABC's America's Funniest People, this popular Chicago comic mixes song parodies with a rapid-fire series of one-liners, jokes, and topical observations. 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. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Winter Concert: U-M G-Men.

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This all-male student a cappella ensemble sings songs in various styles, including pop, rock, Latino, and others.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $10 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. gmen@umich.edu. [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.-2 a.m. 

"Lift Off: November Rain": A2 Aviary.

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Hair- and glam-metal¬-themed aerial and acrobatic acts by A2 Aviary students and instructors. Also, art, music, refreshments, and an open bar. The program ends with open dancing. Costumes encouraged.
8 p.m.-2 a.m., A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State. $10. 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Of Innocence and Experience": U-M Men's Glee Club.

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Eugene Rogers conducts this popular men's chorus, the second-oldest college glee club in the U.S., in a program highlighted by Portguese composer Eurico Carrapatoso's Diptyck of Innocence and Light, a new work based on William Blake's poetry, as well as "In Taberna" from Orff's Carmina Burana, with guest soloists Stephen Lancaster and Justin Berkowitz and the U-M Percussion Ensemble.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$18 (students with ID, $5) in advance at ummgc.org, and at the door. 764-1448. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Rent": U-M MUSKET.

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Nov. 22-24. Students present Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 musical, based on Puccini's La Boheme,e about an impoverished community of artists in the East Village living under the shadow of AIDS. It features an inventive rock score with intricate choral work and dexterous lyrics.
8 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Scopes (of)": U-M Dance Department B.F.A. Concert.

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Nov. 21-23. An evening of original choreography by U-M dance majors Alison Coleman, Kristen Donovan, Christina Papetti, Maddy Rager, and Nola Smith.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). $7 at the door only, beginning at 7 p.m. 763-5460, 763-5461. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Three Sisters": U-M Theatre Department.

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Nov. 21-24. U-M theater professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M drama students in Allison Horsley's translation of Chekhov's intricate, incisive psychological close-up of the lives and loves of three high-minded young women trapped in a turn-of-the-century Russian provincial village. The play is an exquisite blend of comic and dark elements--Chekhov claimed he had written a "vaudeville." Without a single star or heroic figure, it is one of the first ensemble pieces written for the stage. This production uses an adaptation of the standard text, by former Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director (and U-M grad) Libby Appel, that includes elements of Chekhov's original writing that had been either changed or excised by others.
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 $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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 8 p.m. 

"Winter Dreams": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in Tchaikovsky's seldom-heard Symphony no. 1 in G minor, a work he thought was "better than any of my other more mature works." The program also includes Glazunov's brilliant Violin Concerto with soloist Aaron Berofsky and Arvo Pärt's Fratres, a work that evokes a wintry woods and coastline and builds to a haunting intensity.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors; 1st-time season subscribers, buy 1 get 1 free) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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