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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 23, 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. 

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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 9 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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 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.-3:30 p.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 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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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Learn and Play Bridge in One Afternoon": Michigan Bridge Association/U-M Student Bridge Group.

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All invited to learn how to play this popular card game.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Michigan League, 911 North University. $10 (students, $5). Preregistration required by email or phone. MBATalk@aol.com, atessler@hotmail.com, (248) 646-3967, 623-8050. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Learn and Play Bridge in One Afternoon: Michigan Bridge Association, U-M student Bridge Group.

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The Michigan Bridge Association and the University of Michigan student Bridge Group are sponsoring a 5-hour Learn and Play Bridge in One Afternoon program on Sun. Feb. 23 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48109.. Cost: $10 (students $5). Pre-registration is required. Contact Martin Hirschman, 248-646-3967, MBATalk@aol.com or Stacey Tessler, 734-623-8050, atessler@hotmail.com.
Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48109. $10 (students $5). 248-646-3967. MBATalk@aol.com [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Sunday Brunch Concert Series: Jewish Community Center.

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Local violinist Maria Bessmeltseva is accompanied by pianist Michele Cooker perform a program TBA. All invited.
11 a.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $12 (members, $10) includes lunch. Reservations required. 971-0990. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon or 6 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. MSU.

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Noon or 6 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247.
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 1-6 p.m.  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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 1 & 2:30 p.m. 

Commando Krav Maga 4-WEEK Self Defense Course: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. CKM is a reality-based self defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
Students will learn techniques for:
Gun Disarming
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
Ground Survival
Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (ages 18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes.
Preregistration is required.
$40 per 4-week session for JCC members
$50 per session non-members
Classes run every Sunday from Feb 9 through March 2nd. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50. (734) 971-0990. karenfreedland@jccfed.org www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 1 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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 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Equality Cabaret": Jim Toy Community Center.

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Performances by popular Detroit-based pop-rock singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, the Lansing folk singer-songwriter duo Nervous But Excited, and the Dueling Divas, a duo of Arbor Opera Theater singers Callie McKee and Robby Griswold. Emcee is U-M art & design professor Holly Hughes. Proceeds go toward legal fees for the DeBoer-Rowse family in their efforts to co-adopt their 3 children.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 ($100 & $250 reserved seating tickets available) in advance at vendini.com and the Michigan Union Ticket Office. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Michigan Mania": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Local historian Susan Nenadic discusses family life in Washtenaw County during the early days of the settlement of the Michigan Territory.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). Preregistration required. 794-6250. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Heated Earth-Sheltered Michigan Passive House Presentation": Ann Arbor Friends Meeting Sustainability Forum.

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Architect and builder Christina Snyder, Michigan's first certified Passive House consultant, discusses a house she built that can heat and power itself using sunlight.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. Free. ericjengel@gmail.com. [map]
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 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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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Manuscript Maps of the American Revolution": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by U-M Clements Library associate director Brian Dunnigan. Followed by a talk by club member Katherine Wilson on "Breaking Down Brick Walls with the Genealogical Check List."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from E. Huron River Dr.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Family Dining: Indian Feast.

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This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! Join us for a fun afternoon of Indian cooking! Ginger, garlic, cardamom and cinnamon are just a few of the flavors found in Indian cuisine. We'll roast and grind spices for the dishes in this class. Chicken Korma, is yogurt-marinated chicken in a coconut, herb, and nut sauce. A side of Baby Potatoes with Cilantro and Homemade Naan go perfectly with the main dish. We'll finish with fresh Mango Ice Cream. These dishes just skim the surface of Indian cooking, but hopefully you will leave wanting to learn more! Full participation. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/per 1 child participant and up to 2 family members. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Family Dining: Indian Feast.

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Welcome to Sunday Family Dining! This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! Join us for a fun afternoon of Indian cooking! Ginger, garlic, cardamom and cinnamon are just a few of the flavors found in Indian cuisine. We'll roast and grind spices for the dishes in this class. Chicken Korma, is yogurt-marinated chicken in a coconut, herb, and nut sauce. A side of Baby Potatoes with Cilantro and Homemade Naan go perfectly with the main dish. We'll finish with fresh Mango Ice Cream. These classes are for children ages 8 and up and are 3 hours long, with the last half hour designated for eating. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/per 1 child participant and up to 2 family members. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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 2 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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Button Bonanza": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited make button crafts.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"Design + Architecture": UMMA.

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Feb. 2 & 23. Docent-guided tour of the new Design Gallery and the current exhibition of architectural designs by Michigan architect David Osler.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 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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 2 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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 2 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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 2 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"You Can Dance": Ann Arbor Y/University Musical Society.

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Feb. 13 & 23. Dancers lead a workshop in their company or group's movement style. Age 13 & up. Feb. 13: Dancers from the all-male French theater troupe Compagnie Kafig, whose style blends hip-hop and urban dance with capoeira, mime, and gymnastics. Feb. 23: Experimental dance artists Jennifer Monson and DD Dorvillier.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 13; sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 23; sign-up begins at 1:15 p.m.), YMCA, 400 W. Washington. Free; studio capacity limited. 996-9622, 764-2538. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Kaycee Ware Thomas & Daniel Thomas: First United Methodist Church Green Wood Chamber Music Series.

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The local husband-and-wife duo of oboist Kaycee, an Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts teacher, and cellist Daniel, an EMU music professor, performs works by Handel, Beethoven, Robert Kahn, Kalevi Aho, and Nikola Resnovic. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Stephanie Kadel Taras: Nicola's Books.

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This local writer discusses Mountain Girls, her new memoir about the history and culture of her home state of West Virginia and the choices women make in today's mobile society. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 3 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 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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 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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 4 p.m. 

Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Guest conductor Charles Ellis directs this volunteer ensemble in Brahms' Symphony no. 2. Also, the orchestra's regular conductor, cellist Anthony Elliott is featured soloist in the Sandman's song from Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel and Ernst Bloch's Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Martha Folts: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Recital by this local harpsichordist, who is joined by Chelsea Chamber Players cellist Sara Cumming for pieces for cello and harpsichord.
4 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Stephen Shipps, Freda Herseth, & Timothy Cheek: U-M School of Music.

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Violinist Shipps, mezzo-soprano Herseth, and pianist Cheek-all U-M music professors-perform Vítezslava Kaprálová's melodrama To Karel Capek, Josef Suk's "Love Song," Jaroslav Kricka's song cycle Northern Lights, and Ladislav Vycpálek's monumental Sonata in D major ("In Praise of the Violin").
4 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Zounds Hearing Hitchcock Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Feb. 2: The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) Silent drama about a chorus girl engaged to an adventurer who begins to play around when her fiancé travels out of the country. 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930) A man convinced of the innocence of a woman he helped convict or murder sets out to find the real killer. Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring. 7 p.m.

Feb. 9: The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) Vintage mystery-romantic comedy about an innocent man pulled into the orbit of a spy ring. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. 4 p.m.

Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) Hitchcock's original version of the thriller about criminals who kidnap a child to prevent her parents from revealing an assassination plot. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre. 5 p.m.

Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Remake of the 1934 thriller. James Stewart, Doris Day. 7 p.m.

Feb. 16: The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) A jealous detective accuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) Classic mystery-comedy about an old woman's baffling disappearance on a train that leads a young woman into a web of intrigue. Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. 7 p.m.

Feb. 23: Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Gothic thriller about a naďve young woman who marries an aristocratic widower. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders. 4 p.m.

Feb. 25: Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Thriller about an American reporter who exposes enemy spies in Britain. Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 7 p.m.

Mar. 2: The Ring (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent boxing melodrama. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.

Mar. 4: Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941). A wealthy, sheltered woman marries a charming ne'er-do-well she comes to suspect may be planning to kill her for her money Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Mar. 9: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Offbeat thriller about a munitions worker wrongly accused of sabotage and forced to go on the lam around the country. Script written in part by Dorothy Parker. 5 p.m.

Mar. 11: Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943). A lively teen grows to suspect that her beloved uncle may be a serial killer. Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton. 7 p.m.

Mar. 16: Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). When a ship of Americans and Britons is sunk by a missile from a German U-boat during WWII, the survivors must cope with the elements--and each other. Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix. 5 p.m.

Mar. 18: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945). The youthful new director of a posh mental asylum is not whom he claims to be. Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman. 7 p.m.

Mar. 23: Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent melodrama about a boy whose life falls apart when he is expelled from school after he takes the blame for a friend's crime. With live organ accompaniment. 8 p.m.

Apr. 1: Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends n South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Apr. 6: The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama about a rough-mannered widowed farmer in search of a new bride. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 8: Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 7 p.m.

Apr. 13: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a psychotic mother's boy with a Raymond Chandler screenplay. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 15: Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. 7 p.m.

Apr. 20: Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). See review. Newly restored silent drama, adapted from the Noel Coward play, about a divorcée who hides her scandalous past from her new husband and family. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

Apr. 22: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a news photographer examining his neighbor's lives with binoculars and making a sordid discovery. James Stewart, Grace Kelly.7 p.m.

Apr. 27: The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn. 4 p.m.

Apr. 29: The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Offbeat film about a New York City jazz musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. 7 p.m.

May 4: Champagne (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Silent drama about a spoiled heiress who defies her father by running off to marry her lover. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

May 6: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).Haunting, dreamlike mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak.7 p.m.

May 11: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). Classic thriller about an ad exec mistaken for a government agent who's relentlessly pursued halfway across the country. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint. 5 p.m.

May 13: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 5 p.m.

May 18: The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent drama about lifelong friends on the Isle of Man, a fisherman and a lawyer, who are both attracted to the same woman. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.

May 20: Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock, 1976). Comedy-thriller about a con artist and her private investigator boyfriend who run into a couple of serial kidnappers. Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black. 5 p.m.

May 25: Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent thriller about a Scotland Yard detective who discovers that a murder he is investigating was committed by his girlfriend while defending herself from a rapist. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

May 27: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). Eerie thriller about hordes of bloodthirsty sparrows, gulls, and crows plaguing a small California town. Not for the squeamish. Stars Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy. 7 p.m.

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Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Ann Arbor SOUP February Dinner Event: Ann Arbor SOUP.

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Ann Arbor residents of all ages (excluding those under the age of 18) for only $5 get live music, food, fun, and the chance to vote! At this effervescent, spirited, inspiring event, participants will get to hear four proposals of programs or ideas to better the Ann Arbor community. Projects can range from art to agriculture, social justice to social entrepreneurship, education to technology and many more! After the presentations we eat, connect, share resources, and vote on which project you think should win the money gathered from the night. As we come to a close, whoever has the most votes takes home the money collected at the door. The event is fun, engaging, and sure to be the best Sunday you've had in a while! Visit our site and click HAVE A PROJECT if you'd like to submit an idea! Applications are due February 16th, and the event itself is February 23rd @ 6pm at LIVE!
LIVE, 102 S. 1st Street. $5. (516) 445-2077. info@annarborsoup.com http://annarborsoup.weebly.com/ [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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 6:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Solas: The Ark.

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Led by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan on banjo, mandolin, guitar, flute, and tin whistle, Solas is the hottest of several young Irish-American bands who play traditional Celtic music with an expansive contemporary edge. The band also includes fiddler Winifred Horan, accordionist and concertina player Mick McAuley, guitarist and keyboardist Eamon McElholm, and vocalist Niam Varian-Berry. The band's 2002 Shanachie CD, The Edge of Silence, gives Celtic treatments to songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Drake, and other contemporary American songwriters, and its new CD, Shamrock City, was recorded in conjunction with a film project about the immigrant Irish miners of Butte, Montana.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22.50 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.  Free! 

Afghan Block Contest: Ophir Crafts Store.

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Ophir Crafts is sponsoring an Afghan Block Contest during February and March. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014. Blocks may be either knit or crocheted, and no larger than 8"x12". Categories for judging are Lace, Color Work, and Cables, with separate winners for knit and crochet. There will also be a Best of Show winner. One skein of yarn must be purchased from Ophir Crafts store. Please see our website for additional guidelines and information.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.ophircrafts.com [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.

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Every Sun.All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. Participants compete for points to qualify for an April 5 Slam-Off to determine the team that will represent Ann Arbor held in the National Poetry Slam on Oakland (CA) next August. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (Oct. 12-Dec. 7 & Dec. 21) and Pendleton Room (Dec. 14). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Ellen Rowe Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by U-M jazz piano professor Rowe, this jazz ensemble celebrates the release of its album Courage Music. With saxophonist Andrew Bishop, bassist Kurt Krahnke, drummer Pete Siers, and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com. [map]
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