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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 6, 2014






 
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"Gloria": Michigan Theater.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2013). Comic drama set in Santiago about a free-spirited older woman who has a whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer. Spanish & English, 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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 9:15 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Talk Series: Sensory Issues in Children at Clonlara School: Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services.

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Music Therapy: What Is It, and How Can It Help My Child?
Music therapy is an engaging and sensory-filled therapeutic intervention, but what exactly is it? Board Certified Music Therapist, Kelly Garland, will help to define, demonstrate, and dispel any myths about music therapy to help participants conceptualize how music therapy may be beneficial for their child
Series sponsored by Clonlara School and Leaps and Bounds Therapy Services
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. martha@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org/campus/event [map]

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 9:30 a.m. 

Little Scientist Toddler Playgroup: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Is your little one curious about the world around them? Then bring your budding explorer to our Little Scientist class! Every week your child and a parent (or caregiver) will have a hands on play date with science. Potential experiments include Exploding Color Bubbles, Fun with Light, Sink and Float, Textures, and much more! Come dressed in clothes that can get a bit messy or bring a smock. Children will have open time to play with their fellow scientists and read a book too. Ideal for children ages 1 1/2- 3 1/2 years. This playgroup runs for 4 weeks.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $45. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]

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 9:30 a.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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

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 10-11 a.m. 

Deep Stretch Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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Deep Stretch Yoga (Ladies only class)
"Deep Stretch Yoga" is a gentle and relaxing class opening up deep, rarely accessed areas of the body through extended holds of postures. We emphasize deep tissue opening and restoration particularly in the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. This class is a strong mix of yoga postures that will deepen your breath, grow your practice, and stretch out your body and mind. Come join us for twice a week Yoga practice. Get ready to sweat!!!
All Levels Welcome!!!
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 a.m to 11:00a.m
Chapel Hill Clubhouse
(3350 Green Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/8 classes
Drop-In: $12.00
March 4, 2014 - March 27, 2014
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]

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 10 a.m.-noon 

KIDS AND CREATURES: The Creature Conservancy.

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KIDS AND CREATURES
This series of programs is designed especially for preschoolers (ages 2 - 5 years) and their parents. It runs every Thursday morning from 10 am - noon for six weeks, March 6th through April 10th. Your young one(s) will meet 2 - 3 amazing animals each week, including an armadillo, possum, kangaroo, wallaby, blue-tongued lizard, axolotl, fire salamander, spurred tortoise, and many more! They will learn about each animal, play games, listen to stories and have fun with cool animal-themed crafts.
Cost is $90 for one parent and one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $50 each.
Limited to 15 preschoolers - register soon!
www.thecreatureconservancy.org
The Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. $90 for one parent / one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $50 each. info@thecreatureconservancy.org www.thecreatureconservancy.org [map]

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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

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 11 a.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 Noon 

Mothers' Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born in this award-winning mothers' group. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Scholarships based on financial need are available.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]

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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Mar. 6: Piano jazz by the Pete Siers Trio. Mar. 13: Cello and violin music by U-M String Preparatory Academy students. Mar. 20: Irish music by flutist Tracy Kash Thomas and guitarist Pat Shanley. Mar. 27: Vintage swing by the Royal Garden Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

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 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Lenten Meditation": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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The church's organist Shin-Ae Chun and local singer/reader Imani Mchunu perform Brahms' Eleven Chorale Preludes.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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

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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]

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 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Circle: Ophir Crafts.

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Every Thursday evening, Ophir Crafts hosts a free drop-in crafting circle where knitters, crocheters, and other crafters can come to work on a project and meet other crafters. Bring your own project or buy one from Ophir Crafts. Coffee and Tea are provided. Knitting and crocheting experts are on hand to help with a few questions. More extensive coaching and private lessons are also available.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.Ophircrafts.com [map]

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 4:45-5:45 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Aerial Silks are an exciting and beautiful circus art involving two long fabric "ribbons" which a performer does tricks in. Also known as aerial dance, this art is a great way to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, spatial awareness, and confidence. Kids in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this series of after school classes designed specifically for young people. Younger people are welcome to observe a class to see if they're ready. No experience necessary!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]

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 5:15-6:45 p.m. 

Therapeutic Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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

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 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! 

"Creating an Energy Efficient Home from A to Z: Existing, Remodel, Addition, or New": WCC.

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Talk by local architect Michael Klement.
6 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Audtorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. petty@wccnet.edu. [map]

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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Vietnamese Pho House!.

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Pho, a traditional Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup, has become a main food group for us here at Ann Arbor Cooks! The vast array of fresh garnishes, 'super-slurpy' noodles, and flavorful condiments are basically extras in this soup because the authentic broth is the real star of the show! We will be making two versions of Pho in this class - so come hungry!! Full participation. Menu: Traditional Beef Pho with thin-sliced Beef, Rice Noodles, Green Onion, Cilantro, Lime, and all of the add-in-oddities that make Pho fun! Vegetable Pho with Roasted Eggplant, Mushrooms, and Leafy Greens topped with Spicy Vinaigrette and Fresh Herbs. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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 6:30 p.m. 

Cards For a Cause: Michigan Ability Partners.

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Euchre Party at Arbor Brewing Company Micro Brewery - Ypsilanti(formerly Corner Brewery) benefiting Michigan Ability Partners (MAP). MAP provides supportive services for veterans and others with disabilities to ensure their continued success in finding affordable housing, housing supports, financial services, and employment in the community. $15 to play. Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Preregistration encouraged. Walk ins are welcome before 7pm.
Arbor Brewing Company Micro Brewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. $15. 734-975-6880. mhendershot@mapagency.org mapagency.org [map]

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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7-9 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Loss of a Child Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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

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 7 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Stephan Pastis: Nicola's Books.

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This creator of the acclaimed Pearls Before Swine comic strip reads Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done, the 2nd in his children's series about a comically self-confident kid detective. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Arches National Park, Utah": Huron Hills Lapidary and Mineral Society.

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DVD screening.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

2014 Arab Film Festival: Arab American Museum.

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With screenings of The Forgotten (Ehab Tarabieh, 2012), a Tribeca Film Festival award-winning short about a smuggler on the Israeli border of the Golan Heights who finds himself with an unexpected cargo, and When I Saw You (Annemarie Jacir, 2012), a drama about an 11-year-old boy searching for a way out of life in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. Arabic, subtitles.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (Arab American museum & MTF members, $8). arabamericanmuseum.org. 668-TIME. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 11), Feb. 27-Apr. 13. See review. Jennifer Graham directs Maggie Meyer & Sebastian Gerstner in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. But when she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material, and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 27), $22 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 2 & 6), and $30 (Mar. 1). Mar. 7 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 7: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Al Jackson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 13-15. Ann Arbor debut of this 7th-grade teacher-turned stand-up comic, a ubiquitous presence on both MTV and Comedy Central, where his a national spokesman for its Address the Mess Campaign to advance social awareness, He's known for edgy, hard-nosed observational humor delivered with a laid-back swagger and a beaming smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Juanito Pascual Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Trio led by internationally respected flamenco guitarist Pascual, a Minneapolis native whose sound blends traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. With percussionist Tupac Mantilla and acoustic bassist Brad Barrett.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Coyote on a Fence": PTD Productions.

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Mar. 6-9 & 13-15. Mark F. Batell directs local actors in Bruce Graham's drama about the relationship between 2 death row inmates, one an arrogant intellectual and the other a young, na´ve, and psychotic racist. Based on the real-life story of Texas death row inmate James Beathard. Cast: Carl Hanna, Rick Katon, Jenna Hinton, Mary Hopper.
8 p.m. (except Mar. 9, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at ptdproductions.com and by phone or email. info@ptdproductions.com, 483-7345. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Redwood Curtain": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Scapino!": Concordia University.

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Mar. 6-9. Gerry Dzuiblinski directs students in his adaptation of Molière's farce Les Fourberies de Scapin ("Scapin's Deceits"). In Dzuiblinski's version, Scapino is an enterprising corporate employee who works for a junior executive, moonlights for another, and finds ways to extract money from their preoccupied CEO fathers.
8 p.m. (Mar. 6-8) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 9), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]

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 8:15 p.m. 

Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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

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