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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 14, 2014

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"The Great Beauty": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Sorrentino, 2013). Comic drama about a 65-year-old literary playboy who starts to question his life of parties and nightclubs. Italian, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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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 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

11th Annual Ice Fishing Derby: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids and adults invited to catch northern pike, blue gill, bass, and crappie in this annual fishing derby. Prizes for "Longest Northern Pike" and "Longest Pan Fish." Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles.
7 a.m.-5 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Webster Twp. $10 (kids 12 & under, $5), includes lunch; $5 park entry fee. 449-4437. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Fathoming Consciousness: Meaning and Measurement": U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems/U-M Branch of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter.

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A daylong series of talks by U-M and visiting scholars in different fields, including neuroscience professor George Mashour on "Consciousness and the Dying Brain," Asian languages & cultures professor Donald Lopez on "Buddhist Views of Consciousness," University of California-San Diego philosophy professor Paul Churchland on "The Diverse Accounts of Consciousness Now Available, and a Possible Way to Get Past Them," U-M psychology professor John Holland on "Levels of Consciousness," and MSU microbiology and molecular genetics professor Chris Adami on "An Evolutionary Approach to Artificial Consciousness." Exact schedule (when finalized) available at
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rackham Bldg. Free. 763-3301.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Qulting for a Cause: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
734-661-8043 or
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. except Mar. 21 Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sex, Media, Reception: New Approaches Conference: U-M.

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We are pleased to announce the "Sex, Media, Reception: New Approaches" conference, to be held at the University of Michigan on February 14th and 15th, 2014, in rooms 2435 and 2255 of the North Quadrangle Residential Complex. This symposium, co-sponsored by fourteen departments at the University of Michigan, brings together thirty leading and emerging scholars on sexuality and media in order to ask: how has the distribution and exhibition of sexual content changed over time? What different scenes of encounter have shaped viewers' experiences of this content, internationally and transnationally? How has sexuality been differently mediated in genres that have received little scholarly attention, such as sexploitation in the US and Pink Film in Japan? What modes of reception have historically informed the ways such genres were and are experienced by audiences?
For more information and the complete conference program, visit:
North Quad Residential Complex, 105 South State Street. Free. 5419145820. [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Pataphysical Explorations to Disrupt Reality in the Most Unproductive Ways": UMMA.

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Experimental poet Christian Bök, U-M art historian David Doris, and U-M music professor Stephen Rush discuss Pataphysics, the philosophical foundation of Dadaism and Surrealism that calls for playfully placing everyday objects into odd contexts.
3:30-5 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 5 & 7 p.m. 

Valentine's Partner Thai Massage.

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This fun and playful session will teach you Therapeutic Thai Massage techniques to practice on each other. Enjoy giving and receiving these powerful and effective techniques to de-stress and relieve basic tension and pains. We will practice on massage mats on the floor. Participants must be comfortable getting up and down from the floor and wear loose comfortable clothing and remove shoes, as one would in a yoga class. Note: we are offering 2 2-hr sessions, please register for one specific time slot. Space is very limited, please register early.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio. $70/ couple; $55 by 2/1. 734-929-0274.
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Improvisation on the Sitar: Traditional Knowledge and Free Expression": U-M School of Music.

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Lecture by Rabindra Bharati University (India) instrumental music chair Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay.
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Love and Respect" Relationship Seminar: Ann Arbor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Would you like to learn the secrets of understanding and communicating with the opposite sex? Do you want to improve your relationships? Come to the "Love and Respect" relationship seminar for singles and couples, presented by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the "Love and Respect Conference", which they present to live audiences around the country. This seminar will be 4 nights of their presentations on DVD with interactive discussion time. A special banquet meal for participants will conclude the seminar on Valentine's Day.
Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School, 2796 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. Optional Workbook $8. (989) 965-4861. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. 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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 6-10 p.m. 

"Kids Night In": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Parents invited to drop off their kids ages 5-12 for a Kids Design Challenge. Participants see how high they can make a rocket fly, try to make the sturdiest paper tower, take the egg drop challenge, and more. Pizza provided, 6-7 p.m. Kids can bring PJs & a pillow, if they wish.
6-10 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $35 (members, $30). Sibling discounts available. Preregistration required by Feb. 12 at 615-7116. [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

"Valentine's Day Chocolate & Bourbon Cocktail Hour": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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All invited to sample a selection of fine bourbons paired with chocolates confections made by Chocolat Moderne (NYC) chocolatier and CEO Joan Coukos.
6-7 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $45. 663-3400. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Sweetheart Sushi!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Sushi menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Vegetable Tempura with Ginger-Mirin Dipping Sauce; Simple Miso Soup; Build-Your-Own Sushi Rolls with Loads of Veggies, Fresh Sushi-grade Salmon and Tuna, and Properly Seasoned Sushi Rice; Fresh Mango Sorbet. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Kids Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness offers on going KIDS YOGA classes. Kids who participate in YOGA develops:
Flexibility and Physical Strength
Leadership skills
Confidence and Self esteem
Relaxation and Self control
Respect for others and much more!!!
A non-competitive, creative and fun activity appropriate for kids. They will explore yoga by imitating animal poses, breathing techniques, play games arts and relax in a fun and nurturing environment.
A parent can join the class.
Kids Yoga classes are for boys and girls ages: 7-12 years.
Every Friday: 6:30-7:30pm at Ann Arbor Taekwondo (2739 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/4 classes
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Creature Courtship: The Creature Conservancy.

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This very special event is for adults aged 21 and over. Enjoy wine and hors-d'oeuvres while you learn about romance in the animal kingdom. How does a male armadillo get around that big shell? Who's the coolest bird dad at The Creature Conservancy? And how do porcupines ever manage to make it past the "nice to meet you" stage? You'll learn little known facts about many creatures and their methods of seduction. During this presentation, you'll get to meet nine or ten of our animals face to face.
Cost: $15 per person (paid with registration) plus a food donation for the animals. Foods currently needed most are quality brands of dry and canned dog and cat food in their original, unopened containers. For other options, please see our wishlist! Pre-registration via our website is required - seating is limited to 30 per evening.
The Creature Conservancy. $15 per person. (preferred contact)
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-17 vs. Chicago.

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The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Funny Girl": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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William Wyler's 1968 film stars Barbra Streisand in her Oscar-winning film debut as Fanny Brice, the rags-to-riches 1920s comedienne with a tragic private life. Omar Sharif. Adaptation of the Bob Merrill-Jule Styne musical.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Shape of Things": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 12-16. EMU theater professor Terry Heck Seibert directs EMU drama students in Neil LaBute's dark romantic comedy about 2 college students who fall hard for each other when they meet in an art museum--a fast-paced study in infatuation, manipulation, the porous boundaries of art and reality. Recommended for mature audiences.
9 p.m. (Wed.), 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Three by Tenn": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Feb. 14 & 15 (different programs). U-M drama students in Kate Mendeloff's play production seminar direct and perform 6 short plays-3 each night-by Tennessee Williams.

Feb. 14: Plays include Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, Summer at the Lake, and The One Exception.

Feb. 15: Plays include This Property is Condemned, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, and The Pink Bedroom.

7:30 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Mark Hillegonds, Robert Messer, and others call to live music by Susie Lorand, Josh Burdick, and Steve Schneider. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Compagnie Kafig: University Musical Society.

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Feb. 14 & 15. French choregrapher Mourad Merzouki directs this much-lauded hip-hop troupe, founded in 1996, of eleven virtuosic and spirited male street performers from Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns. Tonight they perform Correria Agwa, a double bill consisting of Correria (2010)-the Portuguese word for running-whose choreography focuses on movement of the legs and fluidly switches between several styles of dance-including breaking, popping, locking, and waacking-Capoeira, and acrobatic movement. Agwa (2008), meaning 'water,' features a set design of 300 water-filled plastic cups that the dancers skillfully crawl, flip, and slide between. The poetic, elegant choreography is set to hip-hop, bossa nova, and opera music, intensified by raw rhythms created by the dancers hitting the floor.
8 p.m., Power Center. $22-$48, in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m. 

St. Lawrence String Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Founded in 1989, this acclaimed Canadian chamber ensemble, now based in Stanford, performs with "an almost disturbing intensity," according to a New York Times reviewer. Tonight's program includes Haydn's popular and lively Quartet in D major, Martinu's Quartet No. 5, and Dvorak's Quartet in C major.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $22-$46, in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Steel Wheels: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Virginia bluegrass-based Americana quartet, fronted by singer-songwriters Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp, whose new CD Red Wing is a hit on the Americana Music Association charts.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Tina Giorgi: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 13-15. A former schoolteacher, this NYC comic is known for her rapid-fire, sharp-witted observational humor directed at the state of American culture. "Achieving what often eludes many less adept comediennes, her set was wickedly sarcastic and edgy without coming across as negative, angry, or just plain mean," says the Long Island Voice. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"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 & 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. 

"Oliver!": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 6-Mar. 2. This local professional company performs Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?" "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Cast: Alejandro Cantu, Ben Chambers, Tobin Hissong, Mahalia Greenway, Andrew Gorney, David Kiley, Christine Purchis, William Fowle, & Sara Catheryn Wolf.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & Feb. 27), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youge age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 8 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8:30 p.m. 

Valentine's Day on the ROCKS: Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant.

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A fun filled Anti-Valentine's Day Event!
Have no fear Conor's is here to help you CELEBRATE being SINGLE and FREE.
Don't get us wrong, or take us too seriously it's all in good fun! Come hang out have with us, dance, enjoy drink specials, and maybe meet someone who shares your more cynical take on a "Hallmark" holiday!!!
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S Main Street. Free admission. 313-580-9481. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 28. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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 10 p.m. 

Valentine's Day Singles Mingle: Melange.

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Love Stinks, Lets Drink!
Valentine's Day is the best night of the year to go out because you're almost 100% guaranteed that the "singles" you're meeting are actually single!
Dancing, Drink Specials, Contests, & Jello-o shots!
Drink Specials- $3 shots, $5 rocks, $7 martinis ALL NIGHT.
Red Dress/Red Tie.
DJ Mixwell spinning from 10PM-2AM.
Melange, 312 S. Main St. Free admission. 734 222 0202. [map]
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 10:30 p.m. 

"Trapped in the Closet": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sing-along version of R. Kelly's 2012 rap opera about a one-night stand that sets off a chain of events. This elaborately interactive show infludes a warm-up dance party, sing-along subtitles, goodie bags, and an encore song.
10:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME. [map]
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