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Thursday, February 20, 2014






 
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 9 a.m. 

DRAW WRITE ACT Winter Camp | Feb 17 - 21, 9am - 12:30pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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Spend Winter Break exploring your dramatic side! Sign up for DRAW WRITE ACT at the FLY Creativity Lab This day camp is the perfect combination of visual arts and drama. Your child will explore an interdisciplinary approach to art making through drawing, script writing, drama and costuming! The Draw-Write-Act workshop is open to children of all ages. Class fee: $90 per student ($70 for additional child) Dates: Feb 17th- 21st Time: 9am- 12:30pm * An additional Performance date will be scheduled once class begins attendance in public performance is optional. Register: flyartcenter.org More info: info@flyartcenter.org or 734-484-4844 FLY Creativity Lab is located at 40 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 The FLY Creativity Lab presents the perfect opportunity for your child to explore an interdisciplinary approach to art making. Drawing, script writing, drama and costuming will be explored in this exciting program. The Draw-Write-and-Act workshop is open to children ages 8-15 and aims to inc
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $90/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

School Break Activities: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Feb. 17-21. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for various nature-based activities. Feb. 17: "Self-Guided Adventure Day." Story-based indoor activities. Outdoor adventure backpacks available. Feb. 18: "Plant Tales," with storytelling inspired by plants from around the world. Followed by a chance to make an illustrated storybook to take home. Feb. 19: "Eco-Kids," a chance to learn about ways to reduce one's environmental impact through crafts. Feb. 20: "Tree Tales" includes stories about trees and a chance to make an illustration of a favorite tree at Matthaei. Feb. 21: "Flavor-Filled Friday," a chance to learn about plants from around the world. Fruit and spice tastings.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (Feb. 17) & $5 (Feb. 18-21). Metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for Our Grandchildren and Beyond": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except March 6), Feb. 20-Apr. 3. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. For full schedule, see annarborobserver.com.

Feb. 20: MSU fisheries & wildlife professor Geoffrey Habron discusses "Interdependence and Interrelationships: The Role of Systems Thinking."

Feb. 27: Jean Redfield, CEO of Next Energy, a nonprofit devoted to advancing energy investment and job creation in Michigan, discusses "Our Energy Future: Opportunities and Challenges in Advanced Energy Technologies."

Mar. 13: U-M civil and environmental engineering professor Brian Ellis discusses "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate."

Mar. 20: U-M School of Natural Resources transportation energy and climate policy professor John Decicco discusses "The Future of Transportion."

Mar. 27: U-M Energy Institute director Mark Barteau discusses "Perspectives on Energy."

Apr. 3: International water resources and environmental services consultant Tim Steele discusses "Global Water-Resources Issues Versus Energy Choices."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 11 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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 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Feb. 6, 20, & 27. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 6: Princeton University musicology professor Noriko Manabe on "Antinuclear Protest Music in Post-3.11 Japan: Communication Methods in Cyberspace, Recordings, Festivals, and Demonstrations." Feb. 20: University of Illinois-Springfield history professor Peter Shapinsky on "The Greatest Pirate in Japan." Feb. 27: Emory University history professor Jeffrey Lesser on "Nikkei and the Construction of a Multicultural Brazil."
Noon, 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6307. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Feb. 18 & 20 (choose one). All invited to discuss Devotion, Dani Shapiro's memoir about her efforts to figure out her own spiritual beliefs.
7-8 p.m. (Feb. 18) & noon-1 p.m. (Feb. 20), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Climate Action Workshop": WCC.

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Feb. 6, 13, & 20. Talks by WCC renewable energy professor Dale Petty. Feb. 6: "Getting Out of Hot Water" includes tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your hot water, home heating and cooling, and household waste. Feb. 13: "Re-Energizing Your Life" includes tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your electricity, transportation, and food. Feb. 20: "Pass It On!" Discussion of how to create your own plan for environmental activisim.
Noon-2 p.m., 151 WCC Technical Industrial Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. petty@wccnet.edu. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

"How Sturdy Are the Indo-Iranian Relations?": U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Lecture by Syracuse University political science professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi.
Noon, Michigan League Vandenberg Room. Free. 647-4143. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Feb. 6: "Musical Jazz History" by Chaz & Friends. Feb. 13: Vintage American pop by the octet Etcetera. Feb. 20: West African kora (lute-like instrument) music by Senegalese musician Djely Mady Kouyate. Feb. 27: International jazz by the local Dave Sharp World Jazz Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Our Ancestors' Roles in the Civil War": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by Michigan One-Room School House Committee president Ricky Balken.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975-1976. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Sept. 18: State of Wonder, Anne Patchett's novel about a pharmaceutical research scientist's search for her former mentor who disappeared developing a valuable new drug in the Amazon jungle.

Oct. 16: The Round House, Louise Erdrich's National Book Award-winning novel, set on a North Dakota reservation, about a teen who seeks to restore balance in his family by avenging an assault on his mother.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conversations on Europe": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Jan. 9: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki discusses "'With One Color, We Cannot See': Building Pluralism through Jewishness in Contemporary Poland."

Jan. 23: Georgetown University history professor Mustafa Aksakal discusses "A Global Islamic Revolution? The Jihad Declaration of November 1914 Reconsidered."

Feb. 20: Manhattan Community College political science professor Peter Bratis discusses "Civilization Gone Awry: Culture, Capitalism, and Conflict in Contemporary Europe."

Mar. 20: Indiana University history professor Michelle Moyd discusses "Centering a Sideshow: World War One in German East Africa as Local Experience."

Apr. 3: Binghamton University anthropology professor Douglas Holmes discusses "Public Currency: The Creation of a Monetary Regime."

Apr. 17: European University Institute visiting scholar Jean-Thomas Arrighi discusses "In Varietate Concordia? The Accommodation of National and Immigration-Induced Pluralism in 'Contemporary Europe.'"

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4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Crystals as Windows on Biology": U-M Life Sciences Institute.

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U-M biological chemistry professor Janet Smith discusses her research that uses X-ray crystallography to determine the 3D molecular structures of viruses that cause West Nile disease, yellow fever, and dengue fever, among others. Q&A and refreshments follow.
4 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. umlifesciencesinstitute@umich.edu. [map]
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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Night: Ophir Crafts Store.

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Every Thurs. All crafters invited to bring projects to work on.
5-8 p.m., Ophir Crafts Store, 2507 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 794-7777. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Paisley Rekdal: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Poetry reading by this award-winning U-M alumna whose fourth collection, Animal Eye, features poems that gaze upon animals, primal scenes, and people, while questioning what it means to be terrestrial and interconnected. Animal Eye "presents to readers a linguistic menagerie-a meditative culling of life's earthly minutia of flora and fauna," writes a Rumpus reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m. 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Feb. 6, 13, & 20. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 6: Degenerate Art Ensemble, a Seattle-based collective whose work is inspired by punk, comics, cinema, nightpares, and fairytales. Feb. 13: Internationally renowned poster artist Luba Lukova. Feb. 20: South African technology journalist Toby Shapshak and tech innovator Erik Hersman.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:15-6:45 p.m. 

Therapeutic Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga classes. 5:15pm-6:45pm.
Allow your body to become a more comfortable place to live. Find relief from aches, pains and stiffness. Great for back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and all around soothing stress relief, this breath based gentle Hatha yoga class is designed so anyone and everyone can participate. Drop-in any Thursday .
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, RYT500, Yoga Therapist.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 class drop/in, $12.90/w/10-class-card purchase. 734-9290274. Jdpolley@comcast.net Www.sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [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 p.m.  Free! 

Marketing I: Ann Arbor Score.

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Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
This seminar presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business's customers - creating and keeping them.
Developing Your Unique Marketing Plan Seminar
Successful small business owners need to develop a unique marketing plan. The interactive design of this seminar will allow you to assess your current marketing initiatives and determine marketing opportunities that will drive awareness and sales. In this seminar, time will be dedicated to creating a strong marketing plan for each attendee's business.
Cleary University, 3601 Plymouth Road. Free. (734) 929-9091. a2score@gmail.com www.annarborscore.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Beer History, Hand Parts, and IP Spies: Nerd Nite Ann Arbor.

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Want to know where beer came from? What about what the inside of your hand looks like? Curious who's looking through all the cameras you see everywhere? Good, 'cause those are the topics this month! Come have a cocktail and learn, maybe even meet some new nerdy friends!
When: February 20th, 2013, doors at 630pm, talks at 7pm!
Where: LIVE, 102 S First St, Ann Arbor
Moola: $5
Tickets: At the door or http://beer-hands-spies.eventbrite.com
More info at http://annarbor.nerdnite.com!
LIVE, 102 S First St, Ann Arbor. $5. nerdnitea2@gmail.com http://annarbor.nerdnite.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Workshop: Making Stuff Wilder: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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We will offer the full MAKING STUFF: Wilder Workshop, as an official MAKING STUFF outreach site. During this workshop, we will dive in to and take inspiration from nature as we build and test "Wild-Inspired Robotic Arms" to take home. Recommended for ages 6+ (must be 12 years old to attend without an adult).
Ann Arbor Hands-On Musuem, 220 E. Ann St. Members: $5, Non-Members, $10 (includes Museum admission). nschmidt@aahom.org. nschmidt@aahom.org http://www.aahom.org/experience/event-calendar [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cost Cutting with Coupons": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by a BargainstoBounty.com representative.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  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.
5-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 7-11 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Chamber Choir and University Choir: EMU Music Department.

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Beth Everett directs these 2 music student ensembles in works by Schütz, Handel, and Britten.
7 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Clandestine childhood (Latin American Film Series): Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan.

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Benjamin Ávila / 110 min / 2013 / Drama / Spanish with English subtitles / Argentina, Spain, Brazil
Clandestine Childhood (Infancia Clandestina) is an earnestly heartfelt cine-memoir based on the director/co-writer's own tragic early life. Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture, and even death, is constant. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto-a name he must not forget, since his family's survival is at stake. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents' rules until one day he is told that they n
NORTH QUAD, SPACE 2435, 105 S State St. Free. ebarrios22@gmail.com. ebarrios22@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Healing Sound Share
1 hour 30 minutes
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.
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. Free. Donation. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]
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 7-7:45 p.m.  Free! 

Kerfuffles: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This local kids music ensemble presents a program of musical stories, with lots of sing-alongs and dancing. For kids in grades preK-3.
7-7:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Loss of a Child Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming.
This is an eight-week group held on Thursdays (Jan. 23-March 13) from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a child of any age.
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104. Free. Donation. 734-794-5460. mschultz@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7 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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 7-10 p.m. 

"Swan Lake": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Royal Opera House production of Tchaikovsky's beloved 1877 tragic ballet about a prince who falls in love with the swan-maiden Odette. Director Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation uses the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Imperial Ballet's 1895 revival of the ballet.
7-10 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $14 in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Jennie DeVoe: Music Under the Arch.

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Performance by this Indianapolis folk-blues singer-songwriter who's been described as "a less commercial Joss Stone combined with Ricki Lee Jones." Snacks & beverages.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance only at musicunderthearch.com. 787-1428. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Power: Consciously Applying the Energetic Laws of the Universe: Center of Light.

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Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don't just believe it- experience it for yourself!
This amazing series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.

Jan 9th - Introduction Class; Jan 23rd - The Law of Manifestation; Jan 30th - The Light; Feb 6th - Essential Purpose; Feb 13th - Essential Nature; Feb 20th - The Path.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. $40 for the series, $30 if pre-registered. 734-330-5048. annarbor@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Archaeological Society.

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U-M anthropology professor Robin Beck discusses the excavations he's working on at Fort San Juan in North Carolina.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. (248) 437-4183. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Theatre des Bouffes du Nord: University Musical Society.

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Feb. 19-22. Legendary British stage and film director Peter Brook directs actors from this experimental French theater company in The Suit, a devastating and enchanting musical theatre production about infidelity, resentment, and forgiveness. Based on a short story by South African writer Can Themba and adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon, the play opens on a seemingly blissful married couple living in an impoverished Johannesburg suburb. After the husband discovers his wife in bed with another man, he uses her lover's abandoned suit to exact a cruel and whimsical revenge upon her. The play's poignancy is accentuated by an elegantly simple and pared-down set and live musical accompaniment from guitar, piano, and trumpet. The Suit "brims with a gentle effervescence and musicality," writes a New York Times reviewer. "[T]his story of adultery in apartheid South Africa is quietly preparing to break your heart."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 19 & 20) & 8 p.m. (Feb. 21 & 22), Power Center. $18-$60, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker discusses his new book.
7:30 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Hay Fever": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 20-23. Gillian Eaton directs U-M drama students in Noel Coward's hilarious 1925 comedy of manners about a clash between bohemianism and bourgeois convention. When the offbeat Bliss family invites houseguests to their English countryside home for the weekend, their outlandish self-absorption leaves their hapless guests desperate to escape.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Romeo & Juliet": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 20-23. Malcolm Tulip directs U-M musical theater students in Shakespeare's vividly poetic love story, a romantic tragedy about "star-crossed lovers" defying their feuding families. Initially lightheartedly comic, then dire, this perennially popular drama is the heart-wrenching tale of 2 impetuous young lovers destroyed by the intransigence of their feuding families, their own mistakes, and some incredibly bad timing. (Yes, musical theater students: they're working on their acting skills.)
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $17 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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"The Things of Music": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich directs this 80-member volunteer ensemble in a program of works that each highlight a different musical element, from rhythm and expression to melody, timbre, orchestration, and others. Program: Dana Wilson's Short Cut Home, Malcolm Arnold's Four Scottish Dances, Stephen Bryant's Dusk, Richard Kirby's Different Voices, Paul Murtha's arrangement of "Glenn Miller in Concert," John Barnes Chance's Variations on a Korean Folk Song, Jerry Brubaker's What's Up at the Symphony?, and Sousa's "Washington Post." Followed by light refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 20-22. New York City monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Nuala Kennedy Band: The Ark.

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Traditional Scottish and Irish music by a band led by Kennedy, an acclaimed Irish-born singer-flautist who moved to Scotland at age 18, where she immersed herself in Scottish Gaelic musical tradition. Her new album, Noble Stranger, showcases her liltingly beautiful vocals, adventurous instrumentation, and imaginative mix of traditional influences.
8 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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 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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 8:15 p.m. 

Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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Reduce stress and tension and regain peace, health, youthful vibrancy and mental alertness. Studies show that stress decreases immune function, reduces memory and mental acuity and accelerates the aging process. Set aside this time for yourself and enjoy pure, un-interrupted restful relaxation. This is the best investment you will make all week.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 9:30 p.m. 

"Knights of Badassdom".

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Joe Lynch's 2013 comedy horror about live-action role players who accidentally summon a demon from the underworld.
9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 in advance at tugg.com/events/7341. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold by Feb. 10. 668-TIME. [map]
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