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Sunday, March 9, 2014






 
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 After Lunch 

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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 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.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Mar. 8 & 9. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: Workantile/FestiFools.

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Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 4. Materials provided.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. $10 suggested donation. 763-7550. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Issues and Visions for Ann Arbor City Government": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Talk by 3rd Ward city councilman Christopher Taylor, a candidate for the Democratic mayoral nomination.
10 a.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, Suite C, 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 994-4473. [map]
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 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 8-Apr. 6. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5; kids, $3.50), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Note: Programs originally scheduled for the last weekend in Feb. and the 1st weekend in March had to be scheduled because the weather was too cold for the sap to run.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-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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 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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 11:15 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-1:30 p.m. 

Spring Workshop: Ceramic Toad Houses: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Join the cause to get homeless toads off the street! In this short, 1 day workshop we will use slab construction, texture and color to build an attractive toad dwelling that will entice even the pickiest of toads to take up residence. Pieces completed during this workshop will be fired and available for pick up at a later date.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734.994.8004. https://apm.activecommunities.com/annarborartcenter/Activity_Search/workshop-ceramic-toad-houses/178 [map]
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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.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [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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 1-4 p.m. 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 8 & 9. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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.  Free! 

"Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle": U-M Natural History Museum.

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U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other. Monthly topics include "Dining on Dinos: Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws" (Jan. 12), "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man" (Feb. 9), and "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance" (Mar. 9). For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0480. [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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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.

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Six week class for parents of young children that teaches stress-reducing parenting tools to help you:
Understand children's emotions
Know what to do when children "lose it" (or you do!)
Unlock secrets of successful limit setting
Support close sibling relationships
Lessen exhaustion, confusion and guilt
Nurture yourself and your connection to your children
Enjoy your parenting more!
Catherine Fischer, MA is a mother, birth and postpartum doula and former elementary teacher. She has over 10 years' experience using and teaching the skills and strategies of the "Listening to Children" series from Hand in Hand Parenting. She loves supporting parents and respects and appreciates the hard work parents do to love their children well.
See website for more details and registration information.
Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 503 Little Lake Drive. $150 + $30 materials fee. 7343955544. catherine@supportforgrowingfamilies.com www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com/parenting-classes.html [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Family Dining: Pasta Sunday.

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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! Chop, Cook, Eat…..send the next generation into our kitchen to make you a fabulous meal. Each student makes a batch of pasta dough and then we'll work in pairs to roll it out. Fettuccine al Limone de Pollo (pasta with lemon cream and chicken), followed by Warm Salad of Winter Greens with Bacon. To complete the meal we'll serve tea or coffee and Toffee Cookies with Chocolate Glaze. Delizioso! Full participation. Register online 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: Pasta Sunday.

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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! Chop, Cook, Eat…..send the next generation into our kitchen to make you a fabulous meal. Each student makes a batch of pasta dough and then we'll work in pairs to roll it out. Fettuccine al Limone de Pollo (pasta with lemon cream and chicken), followed by Warm Salad of Winter Greens with Bacon. To complete the meal we'll serve tea or coffee and Toffee Cookies with Chocolate Glaze. Delizioso! Full participation. Register online 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.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Chords and Cuisine Cabaret Show": Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Rob Pettigrew directs the 30-voice Harmonizers men's barbershop chorus in a program of old and new 4-part a cappella songs, including some sing-alongs. Also, performances by Majestyx, the 2012 Pioneer District championship quartet, along with other barbershop quartets. Pasta dinner and a dessert bar.
2 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk. Tickets $25 (seniors, students, & teens, $20; kids 12 & under, free) in advance at hvharmonizers.org and at the door. 445-1925. [map]
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 2-5:30 p.m. 

"Cook-In": Baxter House B&B.

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Mar. 2, 9, & 23. Hands-on cooking demos (with tastings) led by guest chefs. Kids age 10 & up welcome, if accompanied an adult. Mar. 2: "Warm the Cookies of Your Heart with Marmalades, Curd, Crackers, and Scones," with "proper" and gluten-free scones, kumquat and grapefruit marmalades, and lemon curd. Mar. 9: "Pure Comfort Food: Hearty Polish Pierogis," with mashed potato, cheese, sauerkraut, and mushroom pierogis. Mar. 23: "Pasties and Pinch Pie Tartlets," with various pasty fillings and crusts and mincemeat and chocolate piquant pinch pies.
2-5:30 p.m., Baxter House, 719 N. Fourth Ave. $30 (adult-child duo, $40). Reservations required. 474-5021. [map]
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 2 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art": UMMA.

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Mar. 2 & 9. Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, architectural elements, photographs, and drawings by Islamic artists from tobacco heiress Duke's extensive collection.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Growing Good Roses": Huron Valley Rose Society.

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Screening of a video. Followed by discussion of new rose varieties and Q&A. Refreshments.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Phragmipedium Kovachii and Its Crosses": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Orchids Limited (Minnesota) orchid grower Jerry Fischer discusses the history of and controversy surrounding this deep-pink orchid species discovered in 2002. Also, a sale of orchids and supplies, a member show and tell, and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. Metered parking. 647-7600, annarbororchids@aol.com. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pixelated Images": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults & teen in grade 6 & up invited to learn how to make an abstract watercolor out of a source image. Supplies provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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. 

"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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Story & Craft Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in preK to grade 3 invite to listen to Splat the Cat and Grumpy Bird and do a related craft. Both stories are featured in the the Mar. 16 Michigan Theater Not Just for Kids show, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books (see listing).
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Story & Craft Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in preK to grade 3 invite to listen to Splat the Cat and Grumpy Bird and do a related craft. Both stories are featured in the the Mar. 16 Michigan Theater Not Just for Kids show, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books (see listing).
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Madness of March": Ann Arbor Concert Band.

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James Nissen conducts this local volunteer ensemble in a program of marches, including Sousa's "Freelance March" and "Washington Post," Barber's powerful "Commando March," Morton Gould's exuberant "American Salute," John Williams' bright and patriotic "March from 1941," Giacomo Meyerbeer's magestic "Coronation March," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Procession of Nobles," and others.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5; kids age 12 & under, free). aaband.org, 478-7515. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Creating Cards to Lift Spirits": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make uplifting cards for the nonprofit Cardz for Kidz to deliver to pediatric patients or other children in need to help cheer them up.
3-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"SSSSSSSSnakes!": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the biology and behavior of snakes, including sanajeh, the 11-foot snake that lived during the Cretaceous and ate baby dinosaurs.
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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 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to discuss 2 mysteries set in Ireland. Erin Hart's Haunted Ground is about an archaeologist and a pathologist who use cutting-edge techniques to preserve grisly murder evidence found in an Irish peat bog. In Stuart Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast, an IRA killer is haunted by his 12 victims.
3:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
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 3:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Sunsets: The Yellow Barn.

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Every Sun. except Mar. 30. All musicians invited to jam. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to share).
3:30-6:30 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

All by Their Lonesome: EMU Music Department.

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The cello duo of EMU music professor Kate Blaha and recent EMU music grad Megan Chartier perform solo and duo cello works by composers from Bach to Ligeti.
4 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Kiss of the Spider Woman": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Manuel Puig's deeply affecting novel about the unlikely intimacy that grows between a jailed Argentinean revolutionary and his free-spirited cellmate, a gay window dresser who's obsessed with a B-movie actress.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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 5 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 na´ve 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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 5 p.m. 

"FrenchieSkate 2014": U-M Student Athletes.

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Performances by American and other figure skaters who competed in the recent Olympic Games in Sochi. A benefit for North Star Reach, a camp in Pinckney for children with serious health challenges and their families.
5 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1116 S. State. $15-$75 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and (if available) at the door. frenchieskate.com 763-TKTS. [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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 6:45 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 p.m. 

Fireside Festival of New Works: Performance Network.

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Mar. 9-12 (different programs). A different new play by a local playwright each night, with each performance followed by an audience discussion with the cast & crew.

Mar. 9: Invasive Species, Joseph Zettelmaier's drama about a lonely Michigan fisherman keeping an invasive great snakehead in his fish tank who becomes the target of a DNR investigation led by a overachieving agent with an attitude as threatening as the fish itself, jeopardizing the fisherman's peace of mind and favorite fishing hole.

Mar. 10: Bird of Passage, Colby Halloran's drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Lawrence Sargent Hall, the author of "The Ledge" (a celebrated short story about a fishing accident), and a lonely writer who shares his house off the coast of Maine.

Mar. 11: The Antichrist Cometh, David MacGregor's drama about an advertising exec having a bad day who notices, while examining his receding hairline, what appears to be the number 666 emblazoned atop his forehead. When an old fraternity brother arrives with his evangelical fiancée in tow, talk turns to "revelations" about the ad execd's past, and all hell soon breaks loose-just in time for dinner.

Mar. 12: Irrational, David Wells & MacKenzie Lewis's love-and-death musical about the ancient Greek mathematician-mystic Pythagoras whose religious cult, erected on the premise that divinity is found in the harmony of ratios, is thrown into crisis when one of his followers discovers irrational numbers.

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7 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets: whatever you can afford to pay. 663-0681. [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 p.m. 

Catie Curtis: The Ark.

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A highly regarded young singer-songwriter from Maine, who lived in Ann Arbor for a few years in the early 90s, Curtis writes engaging, down-to-earth songs about the pleasures and tragedies of ordinary life. She's also known for her expansive, soaring vocals, her percussive guitar style, and her musical blend of folk, blues, and pop. "Any fool can write a love-gone wrong song; it takes a real genius to write a love-gone-right one. No urban songwriter does that better than Curtis," says Boston Globe critic Scott Alarik. "She sings grippingly about love's better moments: tracing the shadows on a lover's face, and the sweet delights of staying warm on a cold day." Opening act is Jenna Lindbo, an Asheville-based acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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. 

Maria Bamford: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Highly regarded young comic who specializes in slapstick stories with an acerbic edge told in a deceptively soft, almost mousy voice that accentuates her rapid-fire mimicry of the characters in her stories. A frequent guest on cable and network TV, she's also been featured in several films. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $20 reserved seating in advance, $22 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"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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 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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