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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

LA2M 2014 Kickoff Event!: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Terry Bean & Charlie Wollborg of uNetworked, Motor City Connect and Curve Detroit Marketing
"Using your brains, heart and talent to achieve your goals and flourish in the relationship economy and/or zombie apocalypse."
Join us for the first LA2M presentation of 2014. From the above description you are not going to want to miss out on this one! Terry and Charlie will be an entertaining duo to start off the new year right. Between the two of them, they have knowledge from multiple companies and experiences, who will be sure you teach you a thing or two!
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to join CDL librarian Emily Meloche to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 3:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Nebraska": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexander Payne, 2013). An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Times TBA at, 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Concerto Competition Finals: U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 8 & 9. Two days of music by undergrad (Jan. 8) and grad (Jan. 9) student finalists in the annual music school concerto competition.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

People of the River - Photography/Video Exhibit: UM Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Engineering, UM Library.

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People of the River
Photography and Video Exhibit
Marcin Szczepanski, Senior Multimedia Producer, Michigan Engineering
People of the River captures the life of so called ribeirinhos (river people) that inhabit the Pantanal region in Brazil. Pantanal, located roughly in the center of South America, is one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a wonderfully diverse ecosystem.
The author portrays the changing nature of life in Pantanal and how its residents cope with the environmental, social and economic challenges around them. The exhibit also documents the work of Pantanal Partnership, the collaboration of U-M students with Pantanal's residents and schools that aims to provide healthy water and renewable energy to the area by building water filters, bio-digesters and wind turbines.
Where: Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
When: January 8-25, 2014
Opening: 4 PM. Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. 215 900 9826. [map]
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 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Saving Mr. Banks": Michigan Theater.

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(John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.
Times TBA at (unless otherwise noted), 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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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Jan. 1. 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.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Basic Flow Yoga.

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Playfully and Progressively balance your body and clear your mind with this energizing, moderate flowing mindful practice. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Native Seed Cleaning Workshop and Exchange: Wild Ones.

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All invited to bring seeds to clean and exchange. Matthaei staff demonstrate how to clean and prepare native seeds using widely available tools. Seeds available to take home.
6:45-8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking). 604-4674. [map]
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 6:45-9 p.m. 

Community Crafts Night: The Yellow Barn.

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Jan. 8, 15, & 22. All invited to bring crafting projects to work on. Also, a chance to see local crafter Kate Daum-Bost spin wool into yarn.
6:45-9 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $3-$5 sliding scale. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 4: Matt Watroba and Mustard's Retreat. host Watroba is a veteran Detroit-area folksinger with a repertoire of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals that he sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Mustard's Retreat is the duo of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, who perform a wide variety of original and traditional songs and ballads about everyday life. Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.

Oct. 2: Ben Bedford. Highly regarded singer-songwriter from Springfield (IL) known for his portrait-like songs about the moral and emotional struggles at the heart of a wide range of contemporary and historic American lives. Opening act is Ben Hassenger, a Western Michigan singer-songwriter who's written 2 Detroit Tigers songs that are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nov. 6: Kitty Donohoe and David Barrett. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish American roots-music singer-songwriter from Detroit who specializes in story songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Barrett is a singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso from Lansing best known as the composer of TV theme songs for several major sports events, from the NCAA basketball tournament to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Barrett's songs cover a variety of topics, including stories about children and criminals, golf and baseball, life on the road, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.

Dec. 4: Joe Crookston. Highly regarded Ohio-bred folk-style singer-songwriter now based in upstate New York, where he spent a year, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant, traveling the Finger Lakes region collecting stories to turn into songs. He is known for his engagingly melodic, variously mystical, historical, and humorous story songs, many of which draw on his own experiences and family history. Opening act is Back to the Roots co-owner Caleb Lange, a Chelsea acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter.

Jan. 8: Jan Krist and Jim Bizer. Krist is a Detroit singer-songwriter known for lean, poetic lyrics and inventive melodies, and her fans include singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, who has called Krist "one of the best new folk artists emerging in the national folk music scene." Bizer, a member of the local Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective, is a 3-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition and won the Great American Song Contest grand prize for his 9/11 song "We Are All Connected."

Feb. 5: Barb Barton and Billy Brandt. Barton is a veteran local singer-songwriter known for her entrancing folk-rock and New Age rhythms and captivating story-songs, and Brandt is a veteran Detroit country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter.

Mar. 5: Red Tail Ring and Sam Corbin. Red Tail Ring is The local duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who play Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies. Corbin is a Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan.

Apr. 2: Sue Fink and Allison Downey. Fink is a Chicago-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose songs feature an engaging blend of wit and vulnerability. Downey is an award-winning Kalamazoo acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter and Moth Storyslam winner.

May 7: Shari Kane & Dave Steele. Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime.

7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"City of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Equality in Planning": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The 1st in a series of 4 monthly forums with city staff and other panelists TBA features discussion of projects supported by Washtenaw County's recent $3 million HUD grant to expand affordable and energy efficient housing options, engage underrepresented residents, and foster community development.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Simulation Software": Arrow Communications Association.

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Local amateur radio enthusiasts discuss simulation software, with examples from Linear Technology's circuit simulation program LTspice.
7-9 p.m., WCC Room BE172, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]
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 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Living in South Sudan": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Francis and Sarah Mills discuss their experiences living and working in South Sudan around the time it gained independence. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck.
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 769-1052. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Bullet Catch": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 7-12. Award-winning Scottish playwright, performer, and director Rob Drummond stars in this darkly humorous theatrical magic show exploring the history of the notorious trick "bullet catch," an illusion in which a magician appears to catch a bullet fired directly at him. The show features levitation, games of chance, mind-reading, and storytelling, as Drummond-who wrote and co-directs the show with David Overend-relates the true story of William Henderson, a magician who died attempting the bullet catch trick in 1912. In the show's finale, an audience member is invited to perform the trick by firing the gun at Drummond. "Drummond's conjuring skills are genuine and very impressive but his ability to make a profound philosophical meditation into a hugely entertaining magic show is cleverer still because it is so subtly done," writes a Herald (UK) reviewer.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 7-9), 8 p.m. (Jan. 10 & 11), and 2 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $40 (Jan. 7-9) & $50 (Jan. 10-12) general admission, in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Stiff People.

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Unveil your inner Gumby! Allow your body to release and open safely and naturally. Aggressively stretching the body in unnatural levels of heat or without proper awareness invites injury. Enjoy patient deep release with appropriate modifications under the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). 761-1451. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Ancestral Voices": Emergent Arts.

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Jan. 8-12. Local actors perform A.R. Gurney's comic drama about a rich WASP family living in Buffalo in the 1930s and 40s. The play is performed in the style of readers' theater, with the cast reading from scripts while seated on a bare stage.
8 p.m. (Jan. 8-11) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students and seniors with ID, $10; $4 discount for preshow dining at Haab's restaurant) in advance at and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenburg Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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