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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 15, 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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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"Peter Brook: The Tightrope": Michigan Theater.

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(Simon Brook, 2012). Documentary, filmed with hidden cameras, about veteran theater director Peter Brook.
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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

META Peace Team Training Workshop: Center of Light.

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Valentine's Day is all about romantic love; this training is all about brotherly love. Would you like to have the practical skill set to meet violence, whether local or international, with peace and understanding? With certified trainers from Lansing we will 1) learn and practice the skills of nonviolent peacemaking, 2) learn about opportunities to put peacemaking into practice, and 3) experience working together as a peace team. The major components of the training include: stories of empowerment, the scientific/spiritual basis of nonviolence, understanding the roots of violence, theory and practice of peaceful communication, team-building, consensus decision making, theory of public witnessing and direct action, cultural and ethnic sensitivity, and active instruction through role playing, quick decision exercises, and hassle lines. Includes the MPT nonviolence training manual, booklet 'Steps Toward Inner Peace', supplementary materials, 8 hours of training, lunch and snacks.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

27th Annual Winter Fleece Fair: Spinner's Flock.

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A huge array of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning and felting and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting. Members offer demos throughout the day.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer, Chelsea. Free admission. spinnersflock.com, 475-7922, 769-1657. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

44th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Feb. 15 & 16. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 15) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 16), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6 (scouts in uniform and kids age 9 & under with adult, free). 426-0829. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - February 15: University of Michigan.

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This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, February 15 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-647-5645 or toll free: 1-800-433-6348. http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush. Tea & Cake served.
10 a.m.-noon, Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. deathcafe.com, afterdeathhomecare.com. 395-9660. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by a participating adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today's project TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
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 10:00 a.m.  Free! 

Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

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Workshop 2: Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth cats, wolves, mastodons and man
The giant mammals of the ice age not only had to worry about the climate but there was a contender of apex predator status - humans. We will examine the rise and fall of the megafauna and human's emerging role as apex predator.
Ages 6 and up, registration is required. Previous workshop attendance is not necessary.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Seed Swap: Project Grow.

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Trade some of your extra garden seeds to get some new to you! Bring any kind of LABELED seeds--flowers, vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees. They can be seeds you collected yourself or leftover seeds from packets you bought.
This event is open to the public--you don't need to be a garden guru or Project Grow member to attend.
Please find street parking to reserve spots in the small DH&G lot for DH&G customers. Thank you.
Downtown Home and Garden, 210 South Ashley. Free. 734-975-6865. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

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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. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 12 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Native Americans." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker gives a family-friendly presentation about the daily lives of the farmers and hunter-gatherers who inhabited Michigan before European settlers arrived.

Jan. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Live Animals Encountered." Animals Encountered animal handler Larry Grudt presents a hands-on introduction to the adaptations that enable a variety of animals to survive in their different environments.

Feb. 9 (2-3 p.m.): "Circle of Life." Binder Park Zoomobile (Battle Creek) naturalists display a variety of live animals from Africa and discuss how all living things are connected.

Feb. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mill Lake parking lot, follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd., north off I-94 exit 157): "Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire." All invited to watch an ice-fishing demo or try it yourself. Also, an area cleared for skating. Followed by a bonfire with hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast. Weather permitting.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Community Forum: For Kinders through Teens, What Self-Directed Learning Can Do for Your Family": Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning.

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All invited to join a discussion about K-12 education and the AGCSDL that is slated to open in September 2015. Kids welcome. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 10--11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Storytelling": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nationally renowned storyteller Donna Washington (see 8 p.m. Ark Storytelling Festival listing) presents an interactive introduction to creating a family storytelling tradition for families with kids age 5 & up.
10-11:30 a.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man": U-M Natural History Museum/Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Natural History Museum staff present the 2nd in a series of 3 monthly programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other.
10 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 764-0480, 327-8301. [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Tales": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).

Feb. 15: Owl Tales.

Mar. 15: Rabbit Tales.

Apr. 5: Butterfly Tales.

May 10: Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

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10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.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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 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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Feb. 1 & 15 and Mar. 8. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Feb. 8: "Powering Cosmic Processes by Star Light." U-M astronomy professor Sally Oey discusses the power of ultraviolet radiation from massive stars. Feb. 15: "Where the Solar Wind Blows." U-M atmospheric sciences professor Susan Lepri discusses the gaseous wind from the sun and how it influences objects in the solar system. Feb. 22: "Sculpting the Universe." Ohio State University astronomy professor David Weinberg discusses his collaboration with artist Josia McElheny on the design of cosmologically inspired sculptures that represent the history of the expanding universe.
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter Fun for Kids": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Feb. 1 & 15. Led by WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance. For kids ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent. Feb. 1: "Nature Detectives" includes a story about winter animals followed by a hike to look for animal signs. Feb. 15: "Winter Scavenger Hunt" includes a search for winter animals and a chance to paint a picture inspired by the adventure.
10:30 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 10:45 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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 11 a.m. 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).

Feb. 1 (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8 (1 p.m.): "Winter Ecology Walk." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 & Apr. 5 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Apr. 19 (noon): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely ride from Hudson Mills to the Dexter Library, examining various habitats along the way, on this new trail. Helmets required.

Apr. 26 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the summer heat.

May 10: "Explore Dexter-Huron." All invited to hike around this little known gem of a park, a favorite among wildflower enthusiasts. Meet at the East Shelter parking lot, 6535 Huron River Dr.

May 11 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, brunch ($8; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.

May 17 (noon): "Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely bike hike to explore different parts of the park. Helmets required.

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.

Dec. 7: (8 a.m.): "Winter Hike." A hike for the woods to what animal life is sticking around for the winter.

Dec. 15 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Santa Central." Kids invited to visit with Santa, play reindeer games, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. $6 per child (adults, $3; kids under age 1, free) in advance only.

Dec. 26: (8 a.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to explore winter animal life in the park.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $2 ($6 includes lunch).

Feb. 1: (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with a nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8: (1 p.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time 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 with the Humane Society: Nicola's Books.

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An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Huron Valley Humane Society is on hand with adoptable pets. Also, activities, crafts, and a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 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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 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.

Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more.

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.

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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 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 Noon-2 p.m. 

Learn to Solder!: All Hands Active.

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Have a desire to solder, but don't know how?
We can help!
We've got the soldering irons, staff, and experience to teach you the good stuff.
You will leave All Hands Active with proof of your new found ability to accurately melt metal, an official MakeShed Badge (Easy!), or a PenguiCon Badge (Difficult!). Yours to keep! It changes colors! It pulses!
**We also have Holiday kits to solder for $10 more. Not hard, but will make sure that you leave this class knowing how to solder well**
You are more than welcome to stick around after class to practice more, ask questions, etc. If you have something you would like to solder, bring it along!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $10 (MakeShed Badge) or $25 (PenguiCon Badge). (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Mexican-Style Brunch.

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"This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun" -- Julia Child. So, with that said, we will make Mexican-style recipes in this this brunch class. We'll roast dried chiles from our favorite store on Liberty Street to make our salsa. We'll make caramel sauce, which is fun and impressive, to the unsuspecting guest, and of course send you home with any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. Our menu today is Papas en Chile Rojo (Potatoes in a Red Sacue), Tortilla de Huevo con Salsa de Chile (Omelettes with Salsa), and Pumpkin Flan. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Mexican-Style Brunch.

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"This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun" -- Julia Child. So, with that said, we will make Mexican-style recipes in this this brunch class. We'll roast dried chiles from our favorite store on Liberty Street to make our salsa. We'll make caramel sauce, which is fun and impressive, to the unsuspecting guest, and of course send you home with any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. Our menu today is Papas en Chile Rojo (Potatoes in a Red Sacue), Tortilla de Huevo con Salsa de Chile (Omelettes with Salsa), and Pumpkin Flan. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Jamie and Jordan": Performance Network Children's Theater Network.

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Royal Oak playwright Kim Carney's hilarious musical about the importance of both a healthy lifestyle and a healthy friendship. Milk & cookies. For prekindergartners through 5th-graders.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (youth under age 16, $7) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sock Snow Person": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to turn a sock into a snow person doll.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sum Story Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AAUW members and U-M engineering students read a math education story and lead related and engaging math activities for kids in grades K-3.

Feb. 1: Matthew Elligott's delightful math-education story The Lion's Share and activities exploring fractions.

Feb. 8: Jacqueline Briggs Martin's 1999 Caldecott Medal-winning Snowflake Bentley and activities exploring hexagons.

Feb. 15: Amy Axelrod's Pigs on a Blanket and activities exploring time.

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1-2:30 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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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Affordable Care Act": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 2 & 15. Washtenaw Health Initiative representatives discuss how the ACA will change insurance coverage options locally. Q&A.
1-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Feb. 2), 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy, & AADL multipurpose room (Feb. 15), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"New World": Michigan Theater/U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Hoon-jung Park, 2013). Crime thriller about a conflict between the police and the mob, told from the perspective of an undercover cop.
Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [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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 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: 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 is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze 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…!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25 - $150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3 & 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 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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 3 & 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sat. except May 31. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 3 & 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Snake That Ate the Dinosaur": U-M Natural History Museum William R. Farrand Public Lecture.

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U-M paleontologist Jeffrey Wilson and his colleague, Geological Survey of India paleontology director Dhanajay Mohabey, discuss their discovery of a fossil of a snake about to devour a baby dinosaur hatchling. In conjunction with the new Snake vs., Dinosaur exhibit which opens on Feb. 16 (see listing).
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Piano Exchange Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by Cincinnati Conservatory of Music piano students.
5 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks Level 1: 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. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25 - $150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-1/ [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays!: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 2/22: Wax resist watercolors 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
$7/student
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7. info@flyartcenter.org. info@flyartcenter.org http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays! | Feb 1 - March 22, 7pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Wax resist watercolors 2/22: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [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. info@thecreatureconservancy.org (preferred contact) thecreatureconservancy.org
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 7 p.m. 

Great Lakes Region Quarterfinals: International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

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Five U-M a cappella ensembles--Dicks & Janes, the G-Men, Amazin' Blue, Maize Mirchi, and the Harmonettes--and 3 other Midwest college a cappella ensembles compete for the chance to move on to the semifinals in March.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets TBA at varsityvocals.com. [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. 

DiNO Light - As seen on America's Got Talent!.

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Lightwire Theater presents the Corbian Visual Arts and Dance hit, this heart-warming original story Dino-Light, features a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. DiNO Light will keep all who are viewing totally mesmerized.

Unique and visually dazzling, Dino Light been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world.
Broadwayworld.com "… an eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen." "Corbian Visual Arts and Dance is a force to be reckoned with"
Featured on TV's America's Got Talent
visit www.lightwiretheater.com
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10 - $20. 517.423.6617. http://thetca.org/performances/events.htm [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"27th Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 15 & 16 (different programs). Performances for adults (Feb. 15) & families (Feb. 16) by top-notch storytellers from around the country and the state. Headliners are Donna Washington, a renowned specialist in African and African American myths and stories as well as folktales from around the world, and Choctaw Storytelling Festival founder Tim Tingle, a Choctaw storyteller who often accompanies his tribal stories and songs on Native American flute or whaleskin drum. Opening act is Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Jane Fink.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Feb. 15) & $10 (Feb. 16 family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & the arg.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.

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

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers and bands TBA. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10. 426-0241. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Robin Warner and Martha vander Kolk call to live music by Oh! Contraire. No partner needed. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [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 ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Gamelan Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Well-known Javanese musician and puppeteer Midiyanto directs the U-M Gamelan ensemble in a work by Lou Harrison, the late American composer who ignited an American gamelan tradition. Also, two dance works by performers TBA. The gamelan is an assembly of 50 gongs and metallophones, drums, strings, flutes, xylophone, and singers.
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.-midnight 

Singles Dance: Parents Without Partners.

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All singles invited for an evening of socializing and dancing to recorded 70s to contemporary dance music played by a DJ. Cash bar. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass, or pay $5).
8 p.m.-midnight, Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $8 (PWP members, $6). 973-1933. 994-0587, 214-6449. [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.  Free! 

"Black Ten": U-M School of Music.

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University of South Florida piano professor Svetozar Ivanov performs a multimedia solo concert of works inspired by Julio Cortazar's poem "Negro el Diez."
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Vandenburg Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Love Hangover": Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Love song covers and originals by area duos, including the acclaimed Dearborn-based duo Jo Serrapere & John Devine, Dustin & Sarah Lolli of Tecumseh as "James & June," and others TBA. A popular annual multi-city tradition that began in 2000 in Raleigh (NC).
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 1 & 15. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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 9:30-10 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:
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/sac/events
North Quad Residential Complex, 105 South State Street. Free. 5419145820. alilunas@umich.edu [map]
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 Midnight 

Midnight Movies: State Theater.

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Mar. 14 & 15: The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Dark comedy--a critically reviled ("the Citizen Kane of bad movies") cult favorite--about a successful banker who's about to be married, until he finds out the horrible truth about his fiancée.

Apr. 12: Empire Records (Allan Moyle, 1995). Coming-of-age drama about a pivotal day in the life of a group of employees of an independent record store trying to fight off a takeover by a large chain.

Apr. 26: Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, 2001). Parody of 80s teen comedies set on the last day of the season at a summer camp, where the staff of teenage counselors try to seize their last chance to do something about the romances that have been brewing for the past three months. Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Moly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler.

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Midnight, State Theater. Tickets $7. 761-8667.
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Arbor Dog Daycare. Cage Free Care For Your Dog.