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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 7, 2014






 
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 8:30-9:45 a.m.  Free! 

Dr. Mae Jemison Keynote Lecture: CEW Women of Color Task Force.

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Physician, engineer, educator and entrepreneur Dr. Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and was a NASA astronaut for six years. Dr. Jemison will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) Conference on March 7 from 8:30am-9:45am. This lecture is free and open to the public. To register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/Jemison-keynote . This lecture is part of The Women of Color Task Force 32nd Annual Career Conference on March 7, 2014. Attendees may select from more than 30 workshop sessions designed to support their professional and personal development. Open to all U-M personnel (staff, faculty, and students) and to the general public, registration costs and information about the conference are available at http://tinyurl.com/wctf-conference .
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-6005. http://tinyurl.com/Jemison-keynote [map]

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 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Women of Color Task Force Annual Career Conference: Center for the Education of Women.

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The Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) is proud to present Dr. Mae Jemison, physician and former NASA astronaut, as the 32nd annual conference keynote speaker. The conference theme is "Transforming the Face of Leadership" and will offer 32 professional and personal development workshops. This event is open to all U-M personnel (staff, faculty, and students) and to the general public.
Michigan League, Hill Auditorium, Alumni Center, and MLB, 825 N University Ave. $75-$120. 734-764-6005. http://tinyurl.com/wctf-conference [map]

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 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Voices Valiant Adult Choir: U-M Music School Special Programs.

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Voices Valiant is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50. This chorus is designed for adults who: love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community that music can provide, want to improve their mental and physical health through music. There is no audition necessary.
Voices Valiant will rehearse in two cycles in 2014: Winter Cycle and Spring Cycle. Each cycle consists of 10 rehearsals and a performance. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group.
Season Dates
Winter Cycle: January 7 - March 8, 2014 (Concert on March 8)
Spring Cycle: March 18 - May 17, 2014 (Concert on May 17)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $100/cycle plus $25 music. 734-936-2660. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu http://www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/adult/voices-valiant.htm [map]

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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Enrollment Open House: Allen Creek Preschool.

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Enrollment open house for the 2014-15 school year. Drop in to meet the teachers and learn more about Allen Creek Preschool classes for ages 1-6.
Allen Creek Preschool, 2350 Miller Ave. Free. 734-994-3382. office@allencreek.org www.allencreek.org [map]

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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Qulting for a Cause: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
734-661-8043 or
jnicodemus@annarborymca.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [map]

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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. except Mar. 21 Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]

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 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (tentative; seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids age 12 & under, $6). 944-7790. [map]

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 4 p.m. 

Girl Power! Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Girl Power! Yoga helps teenage girls find and strengthen their inner power through yoga and group discussion. Girl Power! Yoga is a yoga class specific for teenage girls age 6th -8th grade that focuses on emPOWERing self-acceptance, self-esteem, and strengthening their mind, body, spirit connection. Classes will include 60 minutes of yoga practice and 15-minute group discussion. Instructor: Sara Hughes-Zabawa. Class meets on Fridays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]

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 4 p.m. 

Spring Vipassana Basics Retreat - Insight Meditation and Mindfulness: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Growth.

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March 7-9, 2014
Rudolf Steiner House
Dealine for registration and payment: February 28, 2014
Teachers: Dorothy Ann Coyne, Lisa Zucker and Sandra Villafuerte
Especially for first time retreatants, beginners and anyone wanting the basics.
This is a beginner's retreat, but all are welcome. Meditation instruction will be provided. The retreat will include guided sittings, walking meditation, Dharma talks, and interviews. This retreat will be held in silence except for interviews and group Q & A sessions. Our venue is small so registration is limited. There are several residential accommodations available but you can commute each day if you prefer.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. $215 residential/$180 commuter. 734-477-5848. info@deepspring.org http://deepspring.org/retreats/2014retreats/springvipassana031714.html [map]

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 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Beer & wine available for donation. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7:30 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church (3 miles north of Ann Arbor). $9 (seniors, $8; children 5-11, $6; children 4 & under, free). oldstpatrick-annarbor.com 662-8141. [map]

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 5-7:30 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Mar. 5 & every Fri. Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried cod, baked tilapia, homemade mac & cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and beverages. Fish sticks and grilled cheese available for kids. Homemade clam chowder & desserts ($2 each).
5-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids age 6-11, $5; kids age 5 & under, free). 769-2550. [map]

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 5:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri. in March & Apr. 11. Concerts by AGO members and their students.
5:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [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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 6:30 p.m. 

First Friday Art Nights at FLY: Artist Trading Cards!: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Join us for an evening of miniature art-making and collaboration at our Artist Trading Card Workshop! What are Artist Trading Cards?
ARTIST TRADING CARDS are miniature works of art created on 2 X 3 inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock. They are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced... anybody can make them, and they can be made out of almost anything!
We will paint, collage, stamp, sticker, draw and ink a set of 10-12 ATCs, with the option of trading our artwork at the end of the evening! ATCs are fun for both adults and kids...bring your friends for a fun night of art and socializing! We will meet the first Friday of every month, and have a new theme each month! Drop-in class fee: $5/student
To learn more about ATCs and the ATC culture, and to see a gallery of other artist's work, have a look at these websites:
http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/
http://www.atcsforall.com/
FLY Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. (734)218-2145. info@flyartcenter.org www.flyartcenter.org [map]

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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]

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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Kids Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness offers on going KIDS YOGA classes. Kids who participate in YOGA develops:
Flexibility and Physical Strength
Leadership skills
Confidence and Self esteem
Relaxation and Self control
Respect for others and much more!!!
A non-competitive, creative and fun activity appropriate for kids. They will explore yoga by imitating animal poses, breathing techniques, play games arts and relax in a fun and nurturing environment.
A parent can join the class.
Kids Yoga classes are for boys and girls ages: 7-12 years.
Every Friday: 6:30-7:30pm at Ann Arbor Taekwondo (2739 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/4 classes
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]

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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Night: St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

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All invited to play.
7 p.m., Freedom Child Care Center, 8753 Pleasant Lake Rd. just west of Parker Rd. Free. 663-7511. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Rhys Bowen: Aunt Agatha's.

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This English mystery writer discusses City of Darkness and Light, the latest in her Agatha-winning series of mysteries featuring PI Molly Murphy, a young Irish immigrant living in early 20th-century New York. This time she and her husband, a NYC police captain, are visiting Paris, where she had planned to stay with friends studying art until she discovers they have mysteriously disappeared. Signing.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. UCLA and Utah.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center. $7 (youth & seniors, $5). 764-0247.

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 7 p.m. 

"Vintage Hollywood V": Neutral Zone Fundraiser.

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A gala with performances by local teens and screenings of film shorts. Food & drinks, a photo booth, a silent auction, and more. Gatsby attire encouraged. Note: This event usually sells out.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $50 in advance at neutral-zone.org or by phone; $55 at the door. 214-9995, ext. 223. [map]

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 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Rock the 80s Skate": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to wear spandex and skate to hair bands and monster ballads.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 761-7240. [map]

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 8 & 10:30 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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 8-10 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. $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Lee Murdock: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran Great Lakes troubadour writes songs about the lives of sailors and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, outlaws, and everyday heroes. His music blends ragtime, Irish, blues, and folk styles, and he accompanies himself on 6- and 12-string guitars.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

The Harmony: The Yellow Barn.

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Performance by this Indianapolis-based R&B-pop singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card or Pink Punch Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [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, nave, 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 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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]

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 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Pirate Swing": Swing Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 7-9 (different locations). 3 nights of swing dancing to live music by sought-after lindy hop pianist Gordon Webster (Mar. 7 & 8) and vocalist Naomi Uyama (Mar. 8) and to recorded music spun by a DJ (Mar. 9). For experienced swing dancers. Pirate costumes encouraged. Dances are preceded each day by swing workshops.
9 p.m.-midnight (Mar. 7 & 8) & 8 p.m.-late evening (Mar. 9); 4531 Concourse Dr. (Mar. 7 & 9), off S. State across from the airport; Michigan Union Ballroom (Mar. 8). $25 (Mar. 7 & 8) & $3 suggested donation (Mar. 9). pirateswing.com. [map]

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