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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 22, 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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

33rd Annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival: Ford Seahorse Scuba Dive Club/Detroit Historical Society Dossin Maritime Group.

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A day-long series of 1-hour presentations on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks, along with diving topics. For a complete schedule, see shipwreckfestival.us.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 459-8476. [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 gymamericagymnastics.com.
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  Free! 

Natural Family Playgroup: Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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Please join us for an opportunity to connect with other families in the area who are interested in Natural Family Living. This is free and open to the public. It will be geared towards kids age 1-5 with caregivers, but all children are welcome. Parents must stay with their child.
Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller Rd. Free. 734-369-8248. greenapplegarden@appleplayschools.org appleplayschools.org [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 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & 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 aactmad.org/ddw.
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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 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.  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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 10:45 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.  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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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
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 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"South Africa Extravaganza: Plants and Life of South Africa": North American Rock Garden Society.

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South African nature guide and environmental educator Louis Jordaan gives presentations on "South Africa: A Diverse Natural Environment" (11 a.m.) and "Nature Pictures That Tell Stories" (1:30 p.m.).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 1:30-3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. reznicek@umich.edu. [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  Free! 

"U-M Polar Plunge": Special Olympics Michigan Fundraiser.

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Brave costumed swimmers plunge into icy water. Followed by a party with food and prizes. Registration for plungers begins at 10:30 a.m.
Noon, Michigan Stadium. $75 minimum donation; free for spectators. Preregistration recommended at firstgiving.com/polarplunge/uofmpolarplunge. 476-0701.
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 1-4 p.m..  Free! 

Town Hall Meeting on Nuclear Power: American Nuclear Society - UM Student Chapter.

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Want to learn more about nuclear power? This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered by an expert panel comprised of professionals from the nuclear industry and UM professors. All students and members of the public are welcome.
Topics will be discussed in a question-and-answer format and include:
- Radiation concerns
- Update on Fukushima
- Nuclear industry in the United States: present and future
- Nuclear waste
- Any other topics of interest
For a complete listing of the panel members, see the Michigan Engineering webpage link.
Come ready to listen, learn, and ask questions!
Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. alni@umich.edu http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/cal/events/2014/february/town-hall-meeting-on-nuclear-power [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sap to Syrup--Making it Yourself": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Feb. 22 & 23. A WCPRC staffer demonstrates how to make maple syrup. Note: The 1 p.m. program and the Feb. 23 program are geared towards families. The 3 p.m. program on Feb. 22 is for adults only.
1 p.m. (Feb. 22) & 3 p.m. (Feb. 22 & 23), County Farm Park Field Operations bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Science Fun with FEMMES": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the U-M chapter of Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science host a science activity for kids in grades K-5.
1-2 p.m. AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Iowa.

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1:30 p.m., Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Thieves": Michigan Theater/U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Dong-Hoon Choi, 2012). Crime-action flick about a diamond heist involving a large group of criminals who each wants the stone for himself.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Decoupage Boxes and Vases": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how decorate a box or vase using old maps, images from magazines, greeting cards, and other scrap paper. Bring paper items; other supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [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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 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 & 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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 4:30-7 p.m. 

Habitat for Humanity Swiss Steak Dinner and Auction: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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The Dexter United Methodist Church will host its annual Habitat for Humanity dinner and silent auction at the church 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22. The silent auction is open 3-7 p.m. Tickets for the Swiss steak dinner are available at the door: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.
This year's menu will feature Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetables, fruit cup, rolls, pizza, dessert and beverages.

The popular community event has raised more than $92,200 for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley since it began in the late 1990s. Proceeds support new construction and renovation projects through the Good News House Coalition, a collection of 18 congregations.

Items to be auctioned include gift certificates, lessons, home maintenance projects such as painting a room, vacation rentals, homemade pies and jellies, and handcrafted items like this Mission-style table and shadowboxes made by Dan Teare of Chelsea.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Drive, Dexter. $9 adults,$8 seniors, $5 children 5-12 and free for 4 and under. 734-426-9112. mjfrank@umich.edu http://www.dexterumc.org [map]
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 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Yoga/Swim event "Namasplash": Peachy Fitness and Goldfish Swim School.

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Peachy Fitness and Goldfish Swim School are so excited to announce their very first Yoga/Swim event on Feb 22, 2014 from 4:30-6:30pm. Pre-registration is required. Non-members welcome. Come join us for 30 minutes of kid's Yoga class followed by 45 minutes of family swim. Parents are encourage to participate.
The cost is $30.00 total for you and your child.
For more information call:
Peachy Fitness: 734-681-0477
OR
Goldfish Swim School of Ann Arbor: 734-864-5555
Goldfish Swim School of Ann Arbor, 2107 W. Stadium Blvd. $30. 734-864-5555. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.

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Buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and raffles.
5 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Ticket info TBA after Nov. 11 at washtenawpf.org. Reservations required. 740-7300. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Airplane Day: The ONE Club.

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Airplane Day is a special event held annually at Foggy Bottom in Dexter, MI to celebrate the life and generosity of Laurence Carolin, a brain tumor patient who donated his funds from Make-A-Wish to the United Nations Foundation, and to continue his work of fighting the absurdity of Extreme Poverty in Africa and around the world.
At Airplane Day, you will be given an opportunity to make your own impact on the fight against Extreme Poverty by placing phone calls to Congress, signing petitions, donating to the United Nations Foundation, buying beads made by women in Uganda, and, most importantly, learning about how you can continue to help prevent extreme poverty and disease.
During the entire event, bands will be playing and people will be speaking about the fight against poverty. This year, the theme is Shot@Life: a United Nations Foundation Campaign that strives to provide life-saving vaccines to children who need them the most. So stop on by, have some fun, and make a difference!
Foggy Bottom, 7065 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., Dexter. Free. Silverkeys97@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/205064733010420/ [map]
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 6-11 p.m. 

Fasching Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union Chapter 630.

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Traditional German dinner (sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, tossed salad, and bread), followed by dancing to traditional German music by the popular Enzian Band. Door prizes, raffle, and costume contest with prizes. Coffee, cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $25. Reservations required by calling Klaus Kummer at 913-9371 or Marianne Rauer at 954-0057. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"12th Annual Dance on Camera Festival": U-M Dance Department.

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Feb. 22 & 23. Screening of a video of a selection of videodance works, curated by U-M dance professor Peter Sparling and screen arts lecturer Terri Sarris, from around the world featured in the recent 42nd Annual Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. Videodance is a hybrid art form that combines the dynamics of dance and the moving body with film/video editing and direction, animation, and computer technology. "The Dance on Camera Festival is one of those NY stealth events, prized by its devotees...where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic," says former New York Times dance critic John Rockwell.
6 p.m., U-M Museum of Art Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 647-2288. [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. info@chelseaareaplayers.org, 475-8713. [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. 

Gospelfest 2014.

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All invited to sing gospel music with an immense choir drawn from Detroit- and Ann Arbor-area congregations and the One Voice Gospel Choir. Accompanied by a band. Rehearsals (11:30 a.m.-late afternoon) are followed by dinner. The public is invited to listen for free.
7 p.m., Brown Chapel AME, 1043 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $15 (includes dinner and sheet music) in advance only at a2gospelfest.wordpress.com or by phone. 316-2107. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Indonesian Cultural Night: U-M Indonesian Student Association.

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Indonesian music and dance performances. Last year's show included a performance on the angklung (Indonesian instrument made out of bamboo tubes) and saman dancing. Preceded at 5 p.m. by Indonesian food.
7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium B. $10. ivanman@umich.edu, juganda@umich.edu. [map]
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 7 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 stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese and Western Song Concert": U-M Confucius Institute.

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The renowned Chinese-bred baritone Chai-lun Yueh, who has been featured in concert and leading opera roles throughout China and North America, is joined by 3 local singers-soprano Jie Wang, mezzo-soprano Liyan Sun, and tenors John Liu and Jinsheng Zhang-for a performance of Western and Chinese art songs.
7-9 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (7-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

"13th Annual Rent Party": Jazzistry.

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Dancing to this local educational jazz history ensemble that's led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York. The program blends dace music with some 50s West Coast jazz. The performers includes some of Detroit's top jazz musicians including trumpeter Dwight Adams, pianist Gary Schunk, drummer Renell Gonsalves, guitarist Ron English, bassist Ralphe Armstrong, and vocalist Joan York. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
7:30-10 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroon, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $40 (students, $20) in advance, $50 (students, $25) at the door. jazzistry.org. 761-6024. [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! 

Schuyler Slack & Garnet Ungar: U-M School of Music.

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Cellist Slack and pianist Ungar-both University of Evansville professors-perform sonatas by Bach, Britten, and Mendelssohn.
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. 

St. Petersburg Philharmonic: University Musical Society.

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Founded in 1882 as the court orchestra of the czar, this orchestra has survived war, revolution, and political upheaval to reach its current status as Russia's greatest symphonic ensemble. Director Yuri Temirkanov has helped the orchestra establish its reputation for distinctive interpretations of the Russian repertoire. The program includes excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Kancheli's …al niente, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B-flat minor, with Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, whose "nimble, flying virtuosity is a mix of weightless, supple, acrobatic display and power with a steel core," writes a Herald Scotland reviewer. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a prelude dinner (Rackham building, 4th floor, $75) with a lecture by a speaker TBA about the artist and history of the performed works.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $10-$85, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Ryan Montbleau Band: The Ark.

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Talented young singer-songwriter from Cambridge (MA) whose music blends folk, blues, rock, R&B, funk, jazz, and even zydeco flavors-his new CD, For Higher, recorded with a lineup of New Orleans musicians, features a great cover of Eddie Hinton's "Yeah Man." "His guitar playing is reminiscent of a funk bass player channeling John Lee Hooker, and lyrically, the phrasing runs the gauntlet of a 70s Stevie Wonder, a 90s Jamiroquai, and a healthy helping of Robert Plant," says The Noise.
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. 

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 www.justgobarefoot.com
Barefoot Productions Theater,, 240 N. Main St,, Plymouth. $15. 734-560-1493. christymayhew@msn.com www.justgobarefoot.com [map]
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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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"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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"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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