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Friday, February 21, 2014

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"The Past": Michigan Theater.

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(Asghar Farhadi, 2013). An Iranian man deserts his French wife and 2 children to return to his homeland, but comes back to France when his wife asks for a divorce. French & Persian, 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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 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: More info: 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.!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

"Top Secret Wolverine Classic 2014": Gym America.

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Nearly 1,000 women gymnasts compete in this national-level competition. Complete schedule available at
9 a.m.-9 p.m. (tentative), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Admission $11 (seniors & students, $6; kids age 4 & under, free; 2-day pass, $17 for adults & $9 for seniors & students). 971-1667. [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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 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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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

Mar. 28: Big (Penny Marshall, 1988). A 12-year-old boy who wishes he were big wakes up in in a 30-year-old man's body and is hired by a toy store, where he develops a crush for an older woman.

Apr. 4:12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Apr. 11: Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013). Animated Disney adventure fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

Apr. 18: Space Cowboys (Clint Eastwood, 2000). Four former test pilots are sent into space to repair an old Soviet satellite, unaware it is armed with nuclear missiles. Cline Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner.

Apr. 25: Vietnam Veterans of Chelsea (2013). Oral history documentary produced by the Chelsea District Library.

May 2: Three Amigos (John Landis, 1986). Comedy about 3 silent film stars mistaken for real heroes by residents of a small Mexian village beleagued by bandits. Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short.

May 9: American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2013). Comic drama about 2 con artists forced by the FBI to set up a sting operation on corrupt politicians. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence.

May 16: Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.

May 23: Gifted Hands: Ben Carson (Thomas Carter, 2009). Biopic about the renowned African American neurosurgeon.

May 30: Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944). Hilarious adaptation of Joseph Kesselring's stage comedy. Cary Grant.

12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Live Animal Programs At the Reptile Zoo: Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Have you ever touched a tortoise or been 'sniffed' by a snake? Join us for an educational and fun family adventure as you meet a few of our friendly zoo residents up close and personal! Learn about the wild world of reptiles in a safe and hands-on setting as we discover what makes these creatures so special.
Each half-hour show will provide guests an opportunity to touch and handle a wide range of animals. Space is limited, registration for this event is encouraged! Please call or email to register.
Great Lakes Zoological Society, 6885 Jackson Rd. Free, with admission: 3-11 $5.50; 12 and up $8.00; 2 and under free. (734)332-1628. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Crop Weekend": Scrap Nation.

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Scrap Nation Crop Weekend
February 21-23, 2014

Become a Citizen of Scrap Nation! Scrapbookers, Cardmakers, and Crafters unite at a fun-filled weekend of scrapping, food, prizes and friends! What better way to get those photos scrapped and put into your albums, make all of your cards, or work on that mixed media project than to spend an entire weekend with your friends and family. Get a full 48 hours to work on your projects, socialize with others, eat lots of food, and enjoy scrapping time!
Each participant will have a spacious 8 foot table to work at and receive a goodie bag. Take advantage of a free make-and-take sponsored by The Paper Bakery or shop all the new and fun product just out from winter CHA from
Unique to this weekend, there will be a card workshop and a scrapbook workshop available to participants to add in to the fun!
There is a block of rooms held just Scrap Nation Citizens for only $82 / night. Meals are included in the registra
Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan, 3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $95. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members are on hand to help fix things. Refreshments.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Fashion Mash-up: Upcycled Outfits! | Feb 21, 6pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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Get ready to take fashion to a whole new creative level with local fabric artist Lisa Headings! Lisa will show you how to look at your wardrobe with brand new eyes, and teach you how to turn ordinary clothes into works of art. Students should bring their own (two or more) knit articles of clothing, which will be upcycled into completely new garments! Tuition is $10 per student, and registration is required.
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197. $10/student. 734-218-2145.!studio-classes/c20by [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! 

"The Power of the Miniature: Small Things with Big Consequences": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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San Francisco State University anthropology professor Douglass Bailey discusses the long-lasting effects that Neolithic European figurines had on the way ancient Europeans understood the world around them.
6 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

"Things My Mother Taught Me": Chelsea Area Players.

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Feb. 21-23. Dinner theater performance of Samuel French's romantic comedy about a young couple who are surprised to find their parents showing up to help them move into their first apartment together.
6 p.m. (Feb. 21 & 22) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 23), Chelsea Community Hospital Dining Room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. Tickets $35 (includes dinner) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and by phone., 475-8713. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Healthy Couples Cooking!.

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Eat the Season! Come and create this lovely menu with your health-conscious-honey by your side! Enjoy the fruits of your labor in a cozy, candlelit setting, and don't forget to bring a bottle of wine! A perfect date night - guilt not included! Full participation. Menu: Forest Mushroom and Frisee Salad with Truffle Beet Vinaigrette; Maple-Orange Battered Flounder and Tempeh over Red Wine Braised Greens; Bourbon Sweet Potato Puree with Caramelized Pecans; Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Orange Compote and Rosemary Pine Nut Brittle. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at
*This menu can easily accommodate vegetarians or vegans. Please notify us before registering if you'd like us to tweak the menu to your liking!
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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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Mama Bear Women's Classes: Nature Learning Community.

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We gather together around a crackling fire inside a hand-built shelter in the woods. We craft, we sing, we share stories, we learn new skills, we share tea and soup, we celebrate the beauty of nature and explore the themes of women's lives. Limit 6 people. Directions to the shelter given upon registration.
Sunward Cohousing Community in the Forest, 424 Little Lake Drive. $20/session. 734-531-8330. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Penn State.

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Feb. 21 & 22.
6:30 p.m. (Feb. 21) & 7 p.m. (Feb. 22), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State at McKinley. Ticket price TBA at 764-0247. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet Kenzie Allen and fiction writer Chigozie Obioma.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7-8:30 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.

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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 7 p.m. 

"Artini 2014 Martini Crawl": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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All age 21 & over invited to visit several downtown restaurants to taste martinis created for the occasion. This year's theme is Mardi Gras.
7 p.m., begins at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $50 in advance at 994-8004. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Sahana Presents: Swaranjali: Michigan Sahana: Indian Classical Music and Dance.

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Swaranjali will feature eight pieces that each highlight various Indian classical music and dance styles. Through creative pieces by Hindustani and Carnatic musicians, and Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancers, we hope to provide you with a wonderful night of Indian classical music and dance.
Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 248-470-0182. [map]
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 7:30 & 10 p.m. p.m. 

Ron White: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Best known as a member of Jeff Foxworthy's "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," this veteran Texas stand-up comic is known for a point of view that's politically incorrect in both the red and the blue states and for a cigar-chomping, scotch-drinking, flamboyantly disreputable onstage persona that masks a razor-sharp wit and unflappably sweet temper. He has released 3 chart-topping CDs, Drunk in Public, You Can't Fix Stupid, and Behavioral Problems, and his new CD A Little Unprofessional is nominated for a 2014 Grammy. Opening act TBA.
7:30 & 10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $49.75 & $59.75 in advance at and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Feb. 7 & 21. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Waltz, cha cha, rumba, swing, tango, and other ballroom dancing to recorded music. Bring food or drinks to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a foxtrot lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson; those with February birthdays, free). 644-1485. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 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.  Free! 

EMU Symphony Orchestra: EMU Music Department.

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Kevin Miller conducts this music student orchestra in a program TBA.
8 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Nate Schuiling Concert: Common Cup Coffeehouse.

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Nate Schuiling is singer/songwriter/guitarist from the rural farmlands of Grass Lake, Mich. His most recent contribution has been lead guitarist for the East Lansing based '80s cover band "Triple Lindy." For over 20 years, he has been writing and composing original music and will spend this year producing his debut album with the rock project "Nespin Manix." His style shows myriad influences, from Soundgarden, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin to John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler and Chris Isaak. Schuiling will be performing some select original material as well as unique takes on his favorite artists at the Common Cup in Ann Arbor, Mich. at 8 p.m.
Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Nora Jane Struthers: The Ark.

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Young Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter, a former high school English teacher whose story songs draw on old-time, bluegrass, and folk ballad traditions. "Nora Jane infuses bright, fresh lyrics into this traditional genre with sheer intelligence," says bluegrass star Claire Lynch. "Musically, she take unconventional twists and turns, while 'holding you to the road' with commanding charm." She performs with her band, The Party Line.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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 p.m. 

Peter Mayer: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Earthy, intimate originals by this Minnesota singer-songwriter known for his down-home wisdom on a range of topics from Buddha and Jesus to Isaac Newton and Harley-Davidsons. Mayer also has a warm, resonant baritone and is a fluid, rhythmically supple guitarist. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $17 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 662-4536, 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Symphony Band Chamber Winds: U-M School of Music.

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Andrea Brown, John Pasquale, and Dustin Barr conduct this ensemble of U-M Symphony Band members in U-M guest composer in residence Martin Bresnick's Bread and Salt, Gounod's beautifully melodic Petite Symphonie, Henning's minimalist Out in the Sun, Webern's Concerto for Nine Instruments, and Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer. Bresnick is in attendance.
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. 

The Twilight of the Golds: Barefoot Productions Theater

240 N. Main St.

Plymouth MI 48170.

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The Twilight of the Golds is a powerful dramatic glimpse into the inner workings and secrets of the Gold family. This controversial and entertaining thought provoking dark comedy will raise questions about ethics and morality. The Gold family will confront issues of bigotry, evolution and the limits of love when unspoken prejudices are exposed and threaten to unravel the Gold family. This brilliant cast gives powerful multilayered performances with an endearing mix of humor and emotional weight, evoking themes of heroism and betrayal, love and tragedy, and the end of the family man, played out in microcosm by the contemporary Gold family. Audience participation 'talk-backs' to discuss themes and materials from the play are scheduled following the play. For additional information on the talk-back facilitators please see our website at
Barefoot Productions Theater,, 240 N. Main St,, Plymouth. $15. 734-560-1493. [map]
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 8 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, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 

"Dawn Dance Weekend": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 21-23. A weekend of contra and English dancing to live music, with around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. The highlights of this year's festival include contra dancing with Charlottesville, VA, caller Gaye Fifer to live music by the Hotpoint String Band, English country dancing with caller Gene Murrow to live music by Earl Gaddis & Childgrove, and swing/fusion dancing on Fri., 9 p.m.-midnight. Wear clean shoes for dancing (no dancing in street shoes allowed). Full schedule at
8 p.m.-2 a.m. (Feb. 21), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.-2 a.m. (Feb. 22), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 23), Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon Rd. just east of Bluett. $22 (Feb. 21 & 23; age 30 & under, $17; swing/fusion only, $10), $20 (Feb. 22 afternoon; age 30 & under, $15), and $25 (Feb. 22 evening; age 30 & under, $20) at the door. Weekend pass $85 (age 30 & under, $45). 476-4650. [map]
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 8 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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 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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"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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"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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