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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 11, 2013






 
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 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

French Classes - Ann Arbor Senior Center - All Ages - Bilingual Instructor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers French classes, the next 8-week series starts Wednesday November 20th for the Advanced and Intermediate Classes, and Thursday November 21st for a newly added beginners class. Cost is $50 for Senior Center members and $60 for non-members. Classes run for 8 weeks. Please register in advance to 734 794-6250.
Advanced French Class
Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:15am (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "L'edtudiant etranger" by Philippe Labro
Intermediate French Class
Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Books used: "Great French Short Stories of the Twentiesh Century" translated by Jennifer Wagner; "The Ultimate French Review and Practice", 2nd edition by David Stillman & Ronni Gordon
Beginning French Class - **New Class
Starts Thursday November 21st 9:30am to 11:00am (runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "French Made Simple" by Pamela Rose Haze
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $50. 734 694-6250. jhm420@juno.com [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Strengthen Your Core: Back Health, Posture, and Balance": U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Talk by U-M Health & Well-Being Services health educator Diana Rose.
10-11:30 a.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5. 998-9353. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime with the Zoo": Nicola's Books/Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Dec. 4, 11, & 18. A storyteller reads animal-themed children's books. Also, animal crafts and a critter corner with live animals.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime with the Zoo": Nicola's Books/Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Dec. 4, 11, & 18. A storyteller reads animal-themed children's books. Also, animal crafts and a critter corner with live animals.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 12:15-1:45 p.m. 

French Classes - Ann Arbor Senior Center - All Ages - Bilingual Instructor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers French classes, the next 8-week series starts Wednesday November 20th for the Advanced and Intermediate Classes, and Thursday November 21st for a newly added beginners class. Cost is $50 for Senior Center members and $60 for non-members. Classes run for 8 weeks. Please register in advance to 734 794-6250.
Advanced French Class
Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:15am (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "L'edtudiant etranger" by Philippe Labro
Intermediate French Class
Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Books used: "Great French Short Stories of the Twentiesh Century" translated by Jennifer Wagner; "The Ultimate French Review and Practice", 2nd edition by David Stillman & Ronni Gordon
Beginning French Class - **New Class
Starts Thursday November 21st 9:30am to 11:00am (runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "French Made Simple" by Pamela Rose Haze
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $50. 734 694-6250. jhm420@juno.com [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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 4:30, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Philomena": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Stephen Frears' 2013 drama about a world-weary journalist who investigates the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, 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). 668-TIME. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Burlesque Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? Luna will teach you how, and so much more! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup designed to get your body ready to move. We will then work on simple choreographed routines to build confidence and style, for stage and for life!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $12. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-conditioning/ [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Creative Holiday Candy Workshop.

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Are you looking to spice up the holidays this year with something new? Looking for new gift-giving ideas? This workshop is your delicious answer! Bring a friend and enjoy some snacks and some holiday cheer all while learning how to work with sugar and chocolate! We'll show you cute and fancy ways to package your goodies, too! Take home all of your confections and share them with your loved ones as homemade gifts from the kitchen! Full participation. Menu: Salted Pumpkin Caramels; Chocolate-covered Almond Toffee; Pine Nut and Rosemary Brittle; Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Peppermint Bark; Cranberry Pate de Fruit. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Dec. 24, 25, & 31. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Book Discussion Group: Saline District Library.

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Books available a month in advance at the reference desk. Sept. 11: Lawrence Osborne's The Forgiven concerns an English couple who make a grave mistake on their way to a friend's home in the Moroccan desert. Oct. 9: The Sociopath Next Door is Harvard psychologist Martha Stout's book about the prevalence of sociopathy. Nov. 13: Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior is a novel about a struggling Appalachian woman whose interest in life is reawakened when millions of Monarch butterflies unexpectedly migrate to the hills behind her house. Dec. 11: Dave Eggars' Zeitoun tells the true story of a Syrian American family living in post-Katrina New Orleans.
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

MiRobotClub.

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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. mirobotclub.com. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nikki Giovanni: Nicola's Books.

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This renowned poet-known for her graceful yet powerful writings on race, politics, and social justice-reads from Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid, her new collection of plainspoken poignant poems that "celebrates the opportunity to 'be a truth giver/contribute/something beautiful and useful to the world,'" says a Booklist review. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Ferris St.

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7 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. EMU.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Zell Fellows Reading: Literati Bookstore.

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Poetry and fiction readings by U-M Zell fellows.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Upper School Jazz Concert: Greenhills School.

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Students perform works TBA.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 204-4093. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Photo Travelogue": Dexter District Library.

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Master photographer Betsy Finn shares photos and stories from her international journeys. Dec. 11: "Discovering Switzerland." Followed by a demo on a Swiss alphorn. Feb. 5: "Travel England." With tea and scones.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Empowerment Is the Best Medicine": New Moon Midwifery.

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Talk by local obstetrician-gynecologist Elizabeth Shadigian.
7 p.m., Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks. Free. 395-5868. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Richard II": Royal Shakespeare Company's "Live from Stratford-upon-Avon" (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 8 & 11. Taped broadcast of the RSC's live performance of Shakespeare's historical tragedy about the overthrow and eventual murder of King Richard. Directed by Gregory Doran. Stars acclaimed Scottish actor David Tennant in the title role.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]
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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Intro to Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class will be an introduction to basic assents, poses, and other foundational skills needed for this very athletic art form. Each class will build skills to culminate in a routine.
Beginner students will work to develop skills, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography and refinement over the basics. While it is recommended that students be comfortable with getting on and off the trapeze unassisted, this course is suitable for both beginners and established aerialists.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-intro-to-routine/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

David Small & Steve Wogaman: Kerrytown Concert House.

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The nationally known operatic baritone Small is joined by pianist Wogaman-currently president of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit-in a program of classical music TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Gemini: The Ark.

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The popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits performs original songs and traditional music from around the globe. They are joined tonight by 2 longtime collaborators, harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth and composer-pianist Brian Brill, and 2 talented young musicians, bassist Jacob Warren and San's daughter, Emily, on fiddle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $12 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. 

Jackie Kashian: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec, 11-13. This veteran stand-up comic is a frequent performer on cable TV who has also had her own Comedy Central special. Her act blends storytelling with sharp commentary on a mix of momentous and trivial topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Choir: U-M School of Music.

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Eugene C. Rogers conducts this music student ensemble in a program that explores themes of sublimity and peace, including the American premiere of Kristin Kuster's song setting of local poet Megan Levad's poetry, Moonrise, an a cappella work with a soprano soloist. The program also includes Lukaszewski's Two Lenten Motets, Carrapatoso's Psalm CL, Paulus's "The Road Home," and Fine's "Three Choruses" from Alice in Wonderland.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Keisler directs this music student ensemble in a program that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of British composer Benjamin Britten, including Britten's rarely heard Piano Concerto with U-M piano professor Logan Skelton, the stunning strings-only setting of Rimbaud's poetry Les Illuminations with U-M vocal professor Stanford Olsen, and "Passacaglia" and "Four Sea Interludes" from Britten's colorful and poignant opera Peter Grimes. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture about the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Four's Company": U-M Dance Department.

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Lecture-demo by U-M dance grad students featuring excerpts from their thesis works and discussion of the research behind them.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460, 763-5461. [map]
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