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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 14, 2014






 
 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Museum Technologies/Museum Transformations": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Daylong series of talks on the impact technology advancements have had on museums. For full schedule, see ummsp.lsa.umich.edu/conference-symposia-upcoming.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor). Free. 936-6678. [map]
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 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

"It's All Write: Short Story Writing Contest": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Today is the deadline for area middle and high school students invited to submit an original short story. Winners announced on May 10. $250, $150, and $100 cash prizes for top 3 winners in 3 age divisions: grades 6-8, grades 9 & 10, and grades 11 & 12.
9 a.m.-9 p.m., AADL main library youth department or any of the 3 branches. Free. 327-8301.
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Children in Film--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Fridays, March 14 - April 25 No class on April 4.

There have been some extraordinary films about children that feature astonishing performances by young people. In addition to entertainment value, these films offer insights into child psychology and provide ways of understanding the attitudes of various cultures towards children. We will screen and then discuss six such films, one each week. The tentative list is: "Forbidden Games" (French, 1952); "Panther Panchali" (India, 1955); "Spirit of the Beehive" (Spanish, 1973); "Padre Padrone" (Italian, 1977); "My Life as a Dog" (Sweden, 1985); and "Children of Heaven" (Iran, 1998). The group will also discuss film techniques and the ways in which the various filmmakers create powerful portraits of children. Instructor: Ira Konigsberg
Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

Drop In Arts and Crafts!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Bring your budding artists to Lamaze for a fun drop in arts and crafts hour! You bring your little one ages 0-5. Lamaze will provide art supplies, craft ideas, and space to be creative. Parents and other caregivers supervise and socialize Why get messy at home when you can get messy at Lamaze?
$5 per child
Coffee and healthy snacks offered for $1
Every Friday from 10-11:30
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Coming to America": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 13-15. This award-winning local children's theater presents its stirring set of 4 tales about a Russian, a Dominican, a Vietnamese, and a Lebanese child who immigrate to America under different circumstances and over the course of several decades. Local acoustic guitar virtuoso David Mosher accompanies the show with songs by local singer-songwriter Laz Slomovits (of Gemini). Geared toward kids in grades 3-8. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement. Note: The Mar. 13 performance at 10 a.m. is sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 13 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 15), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 11-Apr. 25. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Wed. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. & Fri. 10:30 a.m., and Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required (except for family story time). 429-5450. [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. 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Mar. 14 & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 14: University of Pittsburgh music professor Andrew Weintraub on "From Street Singer to President: Music, Politics, and Islam in Indonesia." Mar. 21: University of Malaya English professor Sharmani Gabriel on "Beyond Pluralism: Rethinking Race in Malaysia."
Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 Noon-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Classicisms in the Black Atlantic: Classics in African Contexts": U-M Comparative Literature Department.

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Mar. 14 & 15. Scholars from around the world discuss the uses made by writers, intellectuals, and political figures in Africa and the African diaspora of the traditions of Greek & Roman and African antiquity. Complete schedule TBA at lsa.umich.edu/complit/events/ci.classicismsintheblackatlanticfri14mar2014_ci.detail
Noon-7 p.m., Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall, 434 S. State. Free. 763-2351. [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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 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

Mar. 28: Big (Penny Marshall, 1988). A 12-year-old boy who wishes he were big wakes up in in a 30-year-old man's body and is hired by a toy store, where he develops a crush for an older woman.

Apr. 4:12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Apr. 11: Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013). Animated Disney adventure fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

Apr. 18: Space Cowboys (Clint Eastwood, 2000). Four former test pilots are sent into space to repair an old Soviet satellite, unaware it is armed with nuclear missiles. Cline Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner.

Apr. 25: Vietnam Veterans of Chelsea (2013). Oral history documentary produced by the Chelsea District Library.

May-June schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org. .
12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except May 26. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"No School Today Fun Fair": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 6-12 invited for an afternoon of stories, games, craft activities, and more.
1-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"No School Today Fun Fair": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 6-12 invited for an afternoon of stories, games, craft activities, and more.
1-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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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 1:30 p.m. 

"String Soiree": Jewish Community Center Chamber Recital Series.

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Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra violinist David Lamse, AASO cellist Daniel Thomas, and AASO pianist Patrick Johnson perform Haydn's Gypsy Piano Trio, Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Debussy's Piano Trio in G major.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10. 971-0990. [map]
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 2-8 p.m. 

"24th Annual Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 14-16. More than 100 area exhibitors show and demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions.
2-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). 996-0100. [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Beautiful Books, Subversive Ideas": U-M Hatcher Grad library.

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Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez discusses the role of handmade books in Cuba and elsewhere.
3-5 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Penn St.

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3:30 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams": U-M Center for South Asian Studies/UMMA.

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New Delhi artist Nilima Sheikh discusses her Kashmir-influenced works that are currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sheikh uses traditional painting methods to create images of an often tragic and ruthless reality.
4-5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Heidelberg Charity Poker Room.

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Daily. Texas hold 'em and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, hold 'em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat. Free dinner, 5-6 p.m., and other nightly specials. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [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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 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 475-7561. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Official Ann Arbor Saint Patrick's Day Weekend 2014 Bar Crawl: Barcrawls.com.

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It's time to get shamrocked! Join us for St. Patrick's Day weekend bar crawls 3/14-3/17. Register for one day or all three at BarCrawls.com.
Bar Louie, 401 E Liberty St. $10+. 212-255-4223. events@barcrawls.com barcrawls.com [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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 5:30-7 p.m. 

Bread & Soup Supper: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 28. Proceeds benefit Children Waiting Everywhere, an organization that helps kids in Uganda, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.
5:30-7 p.m., St. Thomas Parish Hall, 530 Elizabeth. Freewill donation. 761-8606, ext. 2602. [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. 

"See How They Run": Friends of the Michigan League Dinner Theater.

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Mar. 13-16. (The Mar. 16 show is sold out.) Nancy Heusel directs dessert (Mar. 13) and dinner (Mar. 14-16) theater productions of Philip King's popular 1944 comedy, a fast-paced farce of mistaken identities set in a rural English vicarage. Cast: Jim Nissen, Lesli Weston, Steve Jones, Barbara Mackey King, Chris Bickley, Lindsey Ford Dean, Joe Medrano, Norm Richert, Roger King, and Jim Kane. Part of the proceeds goes to U-M scholarships.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 6:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room. Dessert & show tickets $35 (students, $17) and dinner & show tickets $65, in advance only at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office (mutotix.com). 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Aaron Tan, piano concert: Eastern Michigan University School of Music.

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Award-winning pianist and organist Aaron Tan presents a free concert of solo piano music as part of the Steinway Campaign of the EMU School of Music. Repertoire ranges from Renaissance England to 20th century America. Highlights include the late F Major sonata by Mozart, which demonstrates his prowess as a master of polyphony through his joyous and effervescent style; Samuel Barber's "Excursions", in which various rhythmic and melodic motifs are explored through four recognizable American popular music idioms; and Robert Schumann's Toccata in C, which has become notorious through the legend that attempting to master the piece caused permanent injury to the composer's hand.
Eastern Michigan University Alexander Music Building (Recital Hall), East Circle Drive (Alexander Music Building), Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. 734-565-9971. aaron.c.tan.music@gmail.com www.AaronTan.org
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 7 p.m. 

Grand Piano Benefit: Skyline Friends of the Arts.

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Performances by U-M music professors and Skyline High School music students. Proceeds to help fund a grand piano for the school.
7 p.m., Skyline auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 645-5995. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Impact Dance: University Activities Center.

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Mar. 14 & 15. This 12-member all-female student company presents an energetic, varied program of original dances that range from lyrical jazz to hip-hop and tap. Although the students aren't dance majors, Impact's quality of dance is quite high.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets TBA in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. muto.umich.edu, 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Mar. 14 & 15. See review. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff members present this popular annual program, for adults (Mar. 14) & all ages (Mar. 15), that include hikes through Black Pond Woods and presentations with live owls to learn how ears, eyes, and feathers help owls survive in the night.
7-9 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Preregistration required. $8 (family, $30). 997-1553. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Aaron Tan: EMU Music Department.

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This First Presbyterian Church (Ypsilanti) organist performs Mozart's Sonata in F major, Barber's Excursions, Schumann's Toccata in C, and other works TBA.
7:30 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Glen Morningstar calls to music by Judi Morningstar, Brad Battey, and Susie Lorand. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. ffuerst@juno.com, (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio & Pedrito Martinez Group: University Musical Society.

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Double bill. A talented young Cuban pianist, Rodriguez is known for his riveting, virtuosic fusion of Latin music, classical, and jazz, an extraordinarily inventive sound he developed in his teens while simultaneously performing in street bands and studying at the prestigious University of Arts of Cuba. His performance at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival led to a meeting with the legendary musician Quincy Jones, who produced Rodriguez's debut album, Sounds of Space. Rodriguez's new working trio includes bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Henry Cole. The Pedrito Martinez Group, founded in 2007 by New York-based percussionist and vocalist Martinez-blends Cuban folklore and Latin jazz with timba, gospel, dance, pop, and classical music to create vibrant and irresistible grooves. "Pedrito Martinez is a giant of hand percussion," says an NPR reviewer. "His masterful, elegant, and spiritual engagement with the instruments he plays lies at the heart of this one-of-a-kind quartet's sound." His group includes the celebrated Cuban pianist-vocalist-dancer Ariacne Trujillo, bassist Alvaro Benavides, and bongo player Jhair Sala.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $20-$48, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

John Flynn: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Philadelphia singer-songwriter whose music blends roots folk and country musical forms with socially conscious lyrics known for their disarming blend of clear-eyed honesty and humor.
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 & 10:30 p.m. 

L.A. Hardy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 13-15. This L.A. comic is known for his sardonic stories about everyday life and his biting social commentary. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Mark Stone Trio: Canterbury House.

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Local ensemble led by percussionist Stone that plays music inspired by Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music, American jazz, African mbira and marimba music, and European concert music.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 665-0606. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Symphony Band: U-M School of Music.

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Michael Haithcock and U-M music grad student Dustin Barr conduct this music student ensemble in iconic compositions by Mozart, Copland, Karl L. King, and Sousa as well as works by U-M composers, including the late Russell Peck and current grad student Patrick Harlin. With virtuosic tenor sax soloist James Houlik. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program with Harlin, Houlik, and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Sandy Tar String Band and Kavazabava: The Yellow Barn.

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Double bill. The Sandy Tar String Band is an Ohio-based old-time and bluegrass band. Kavazabava is a Mount Pleasant Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy band that plays Eastern European folk music.
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. 

Timothy Monger: The Ark.

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Engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Monger has a CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, that Allmusic.com calls "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"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, naïve, 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. 

"Eve of Ides": Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

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This play by Chicago Shakespearian actor-director David Blixt explores the intimate details of Caesar's friendship with Brutus on the night before Caesar's assassination. With John Seibert and Robert Kauzlaric. Followed by a reception with Blixt.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $30 general admission (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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"Reckless": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 13-16. Kevin Gilmartin directs local actors in Craig Lucas's wildly inventive comedy about a woman who goes on the lam after her husband graciously informs her on Christmas Eve that he's hired a hit man to kill her. She joins up with a couple of oddball characters, wins $100,000 on a TV game show, and begins a series of hilarious escapades. Cast: Carrie Jay Sayer, David Widmayer, Erick Bloch, Aubrey Donnell, Chris Grimm, Alexandria Strother, Brian Greco, Katie Parzych, Emma Kennedy, Trevor Maher, Jeff Miller, Zach Damon, Chris Potter.
8 p.m. (Mar. 13-15) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 16), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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"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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"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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 8:15 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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 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Mar. 14 & 28. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [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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Midnight Movies: State Theater.

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Mar. 14 & 15: The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Dark comedy--a critically reviled ("the Citizen Kane of bad movies") cult favorite--about a successful banker who's about to be married, until he finds out the horrible truth about his fiancée.

Apr. 12: Empire Records (Allan Moyle, 1995). Coming-of-age drama about a pivotal day in the life of a group of employees of an independent record store trying to fight off a takeover by a large chain.

Apr. 26: Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, 2001). Parody of 80s teen comedies set on the last day of the season at a summer camp, where the staff of teenage counselors try to seize their last chance to do something about the romances that have been brewing for the past three months. Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Moly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler.

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Midnight, State Theater. Tickets $7. 761-8667.
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