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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 19, 2014






 
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 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

4th Annual Ann Arbor City Dodgeball Tournament: Skyline High School Crew Team Fundraiser.

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All adults and kids in 4th grade and above invited to form co-ed teams of 7-10 players to compete in round-robin and elimination tournaments. Prizes for top teams in each of 4 age categories (elementary, middle, & high school, and open adult), and awards for best costume in each division. Breakfast food, Mighty Good Coffee, pizza, other snack and beverage concessions.
8:30-11 a.m. (elementary and middle school), 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (high school), & 2:45-5:30 p.m. (adult), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Rd. $100 per team. Preregistration for teams (limited to 40 teams for each age group) required by noon on Jan. 18 at annarbordodgeball.com (individuals may join a team if there's space on the day of the event). chrisbarry326@gmail.com. 216-0357. [map]

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 9 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Ski or Hike at Hudson Mills Metropark: Washtenaw Ski Touring Club.

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Club members lead a ski or hike (depending on conditions).
10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark, meet at the south parking lot near the Activities Center, 8801 North Territorial, Dexter. Free. hvcn.org/info/skiclub. [map]

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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept,. 8-Dec. 8. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). AFlowers@umich.edu. 665-9271. [map]

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 10:30 a.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.

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 Noon  Free! 

Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Recruitment Fair: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Wanna build your fitness, confidence and social circle? Join A2D2 as a skater, referee or volunteer! We're hosting a recruitment fair at Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday, January 19.
Drop by anytime from 12-3 PM, meet some of our members and get the lowdown on becoming part of the A2D2 family, watch bout footage, play derby bingo, and grab a snack. We hope to see ya there!
Can't make it? Email recruitment@a2derbydimes.org anytime for information about A2D2 and how to join us.
Official website listing - http://a2derbydimes.org/events-calendar/2014/1/19/a2d2-recruitment-fair-jan-2014
RSVP on Facebook - http://on.fb.me/1lzjVAx
Buffalo Wild Wings, 216 James L Hart Pkwy., Ypsilanti. Free. recruitment@a2derbydimes.org http://www.a2derbydimes.org/recruitment [map]

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 Noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Science of Toys": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 18-20. Hands-on physics activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Jan. 18 & 20) & noon-4 p.m. (Jan. 19), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]

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 1 & 2:30 p.m. 

Commando Krav Maga (CKM) 4-week Self Defense Courses: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. CKM is a reality-based self defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
Preregistration is required. $40 per 4-week session for JCC member, $50 per session non-member. Sign up for both classes and save $20
Students will learn techniques for:
Gun Disarming
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
Ground Survival
Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes
Classes run Jan 12, 19, 26, and Feb 2. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50 for 4-week session/per class. (734) 971-0990. karenfreedland@jccfed.org www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]

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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Healing Sound Share: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.

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Healing Sound Share 2 hours (like a Reiki Share but with sound)
All are welcome to share and experience the healing and profound effects of sound. No previous experience necessary, just curiosity and/or intention to help or heal. Come and experience this unique vibrational share as we explore singing bowls, tuning forks and other instruments of sound together. All participants are able to share and receive a sound healing experience. Instruments provided. Offered by donation. 1-3 p.m.
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. Free. Donation. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]

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 1 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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 1 p.m. 

Yoga for the Prevention and Treatment of Headaches Clinic.

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Studies show that 75% of headaches begin with neck and shoulder muscle tension. Learn practical, simple, and proven techniques to release at the onset of stress and tightening. Stop headaches before they start or relieve a "headache-in-progress." Taught by Janine Polley, RN, RYT 500 Yoga Therapist
Sun Moon Yoga Studio. $35; $25 registered by 1/12. 734-929-0274. webguru@annarboryoga.com

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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Jan. 12, 19, & 26. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

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 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. Impact Earth (Sat. 12:30 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. The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Bryan Collier: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This award-winning illustrator and writer discusses his work. The director of the Harlem Horizon Art Studio for teens and kids, Collier illustrated Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport's acclaimed book about Martin Luther King Jr., and he wrote and illustrated Uptown, a celebration of the sights and sounds of Harlem.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird. Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $12 per family. 769-1052. [map]

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 2 p.m. 

"62nd Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert": EMU Dance Program.

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Jan. 17-19. EMU dance students perform works in "Visions" an eclectic mix of genres from ballet and modern dance to jazz and hip-hop by Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan artistic director Wendi DuBois, Detroit Dance Collective co-founder Barbara Selinger, Michigan Dance Project assistant creative director Travis Staton-Marrero, Oakland University dance professors Ali Woerner and Thayer Junotz, and local choreographers Kathy King and Laura Zimmerman, along with EMU dance professor P hil Simmons and undergrad dance majors Chloe Ray and Lisa Wissing.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students with ID, $8) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.

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 2 p.m. 

"County Line": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 16-Feb. 16. David Wolber directs the world premiere of David Wells' whimsical coming-of-age comedy, set in rural Kansas, about a 17-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother, who is entrusted to a foster parent who runs a truck stop when her lovable but irresponsible father is sent to state prison. Stars Alissa Nordmoe, Phil Powers, Julia Glander, and Emilio Rodriguez.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Jan. 25 & Feb. 15), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 16), $24 & $26 (Jan. 17 & 19), $30 & $32 (Jan. 18), and $22 & $24 (Jan. 23). Jan. 24 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 24: $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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Design + Architecture": UMMA.

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Docent-guided tour of the new Design Gallery and the current exhibition of architectural designs by Michigan architect David Osler.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

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 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends in Stories and Song": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A program for kids in grades K-3 featuring AADL storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor, a former National Storyteller of the Year, and her longtime friends Gemini, the popular acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits whose repertoire includes sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 2 p.m. 

"L'Infinito: Songs from a Lost World, 1910-1945": Jewish Community Center.

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Vocalist Carolyn Helton and pianist Kathryn Goodson perform a program of songs by Italian Jewish composers.
2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]

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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Orchids of the Caribbean": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Former AAOS president Alex Challis discusses several showy Caribbean orchids as well as some oddball orchids from that region. Also, a sale of orchids and supplies, a member show and tell, and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600, annarbororchids@aol.com. [map]

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 2 p.m. 

"Redwood Curtain": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: 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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 2 p.m. 

"The Genius of Shostakovich": Ann Arbor Concert Band.

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James Nissen conducts this local volunteer ensemble in an all-Shostakovich program, highlighted by the premiere of Nissen's arrangement of the powerful and dynamic first movement of Shostakovich's Symphony no. 7 ("The Leningrad"). The program also includes his Festive Overture, the exuberant Folk Dances, the dark and brooding Prelude in E-flat major, and the majestic Finale from Symphony No. 5.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5; kids age 12 & under, free). aaband.org, 478-7515. [map]

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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rev. Robert Jones: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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The longtime former host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions, along with other genres of traditional African American music.
3-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Owls: Birds of Prey": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Jan. 11-Feb. 23. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the lives of owls and their role in the food chain.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Organ Concert: Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival.

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Organ and brass concert featuring organist James Kibbie and the U-M Brass Quintet with trumpeters William Campbell and John Powlison, hornist Adam Unsworth, trombonist David Jackson, and tubaist Fritz Kaenzig.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. ypsipipes.org. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff in Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Debussy's La Mer, and Brahms' Symphony no. 2. Note: Program is tentative.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free, but donations accepted. 936-ARTS. [map]

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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Tantré Farm": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Tantré Farm owners Richard Andres and Deb Lentz discuss the history of this local community-supported farm as well as its ecosystem management and organic growing practices.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]

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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Himalayan Trek to Everest Base Camp": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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Virtual tour of a trip to Kathmandu, featuring various aspects of Buddhist and Hindu cultures, and a trek of 8-10 days through villages in the Himalayas to the Mt. Everest base camp. Also, a chance to learn about Of Global Interest Adventure Travel upcoming trips to Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.
5:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]

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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]

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 6:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Peter Bradley Adams: The Ark.

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Nashville-based Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

The Whammies: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by respected Dutch saxophonist Jorritt Dijkstra, this improvisational jazz band is dedicated to the avant-garde, swing-infused music of virtuoso American soprano saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy. Its lineup of critically acclaimed improvisers from Chicago, Boston, and Amsterdam includes the iconic Dutch drummer and Lacy bandmate Han Bennink, trombonist Jeb Bishop, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, violinist/violist Mary Oliver, and bassist Nate McBride. The band's second album, Play the Music of Steve Lacy, Vol. 2, focuses on music from Lacy's '70s experimental period and premieres full versions of "Skirts," "Threads," and "Saxovision," which Lacy had only previously recorded as solos.
7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 8-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.

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Every Sun.All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. Participants compete for points to qualify for an April 5 Slam-Off to determine the team that will represent Ann Arbor held in the National Poetry Slam on Oakland (CA) next August. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]

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