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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 20, 2014






 
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 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

2014 Weinberg Symposium: Neurolaw: U-M Philosophy Department.

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How should our judgments about criminal guilt and innocence be influenced by neurological findings? How should neuroscience inform our practices of intervention, sentencing, and rehabilitation? How should judges and juries evaluate evidence about defendants' brain states? Who has a right to acquire and use such evidence? And who has a right for it not to be acquired? These are just a few questions in the rapidly developing field of neurolaw---the study of the interface between neuroscience and legal thought and practice. Addressing the descriptive and normative dimensions of such questions requires serious engagement with philosophy, psychology, and other areas in cognitive science. The 2014 Weinberg Symposium is an interdisciplinary conversation with eminent researchers in each of these fields.
Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E Washington St. Free. 734-647-9596. weinberg2014@umich.edu http://www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/weinberg [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Little Scientist Toddler Playgroup: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Is your little one curious about the world around them? Then bring your budding explorer to our Little Scientist class! Every week your child and a parent (or caregiver) will have a hands on play date with science. Potential experiments include Exploding Color Bubbles, Fun with Light, Sink and Float, Textures, and much more! Come dressed in clothes that can get a bit messy or bring a smock. Children will have open time to play with their fellow scientists and read a book too. Ideal for children ages 1 1/2- 3 1/2 years. This playgroup runs for 4 weeks.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $45. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Pay What You Can Yoga.

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Pay What You Can Yoga Spirited Vinyasa Mondays 6:15pm-7:30 pm & Thursdays 9:30-10:45 am. In these classes you will use breath, movement and mindfulness to stoke your inner fire and cultivate strength that is free from tension. Find your peaceful power and fluid balance. As always, we are grateful for your support in any way it comes and you can use class cards for these classes. We are happy to make yoga available to those who might not otherwise be able to share with us. Bring a mug and enjoy a warm cup of tea in the fireplace room after class.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron Street. What You Can. 734-929-0274. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

Deep Stretch Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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

KIDS AND CREATURES: The Creature Conservancy.

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KIDS AND CREATURES
This series of programs is designed especially for preschoolers (ages 2 - 5 years) and their parents. It runs every Thursday morning from 10 am - noon for six weeks, March 6th through April 10th. Your young one(s) will meet 2 - 3 amazing animals each week, including an armadillo, possum, kangaroo, wallaby, blue-tongued lizard, axolotl, fire salamander, spurred tortoise, and many more! They will learn about each animal, play games, listen to stories and have fun with cool animal-themed crafts.
Cost is $90 for one parent and one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $50 each.
Limited to 15 preschoolers - register soon!
www.thecreatureconservancy.org
The Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. $90 for one parent / one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $50 each. info@thecreatureconservancy.org www.thecreatureconservancy.org [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for Our Grandchildren and Beyond": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except March 6), Feb. 20-Apr. 3. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. For full schedule, see annarborobserver.com.

Feb. 20: MSU fisheries & wildlife professor Geoffrey Habron discusses "Interdependence and Interrelationships: The Role of Systems Thinking."

Feb. 27: Jean Redfield, CEO of Next Energy, a nonprofit devoted to advancing energy investment and job creation in Michigan, discusses "Our Energy Future: Opportunities and Challenges in Advanced Energy Technologies."

Mar. 13: U-M civil and environmental engineering professor Brian Ellis discusses "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate."

Mar. 20: U-M School of Natural Resources transportation energy and climate policy professor John Decicco discusses "The Future of Transportion."

Mar. 27: U-M Energy Institute director Mark Barteau discusses "Perspectives on Energy."

Apr. 3: International water resources and environmental services consultant Tim Steele discusses "Global Water-Resources Issues Versus Energy Choices."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Incorporating Chamber Music in Our Studios": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Lecture by U-M piano teacher Amy I-Lin Cheng, with master class-style demonstrations by piano, violin, and cello students in grades 6-9.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 Noon-1:30 p.m. 

(Re)tooling Your PhD: Expanding Doctoral Professional Development to Maximize Career Potential: The Center for the Education of Women.

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This workshop will explore the wide range of potential alternative careers that might be pursued by early-career academics across a full range of fields and disciplines. Participants will learn how to leverage the considerable University of Michigan resources to best position themselves for the futures they seek.
Topics to be considered include:
• Strategizing your individual professional development agenda
• Learning and using digital tools
• Networking beyond the academy
• Articulating transferrable skills
• Locating relevant UM and community resources
• Strategizing sustained ("Alt-Ac Cohort") peer collaboration
This session is free for U-M graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please email contactcew@umich.edu for the coupon code.
Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty. $15. 734-764-6005. http://cew.umich.edu/progevents/retooling-your-phd-expanding-doctoral-professional-development-maximize-career-potentia-0 [map]
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 Noon 

Mothers' Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Mar. 13 & 20. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 13: "The Re-Branding of Himiko." University of Missouri anthropology professor Laura Miller discusses changing representations of a popular female icon, the alleged 3rd-century female ruler of Yamatai. Mar. 20: "The 'Kirishitan' Japan and the World in Early-Modern Japanese Literature." University of Puget Sound Japanese professor Jan Leuchtenberger discusses representations of Japanese Catholic Christians during the Edo period.
Noon, 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6307. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Mar. 18 & 20 (choose one). All invited to discuss Witnesses to the One: The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma, Joseph Meszler's book about the central prayer in Jewish services.
7-8 p.m. (Mar. 18) & noon-1 p.m. (Mar. 20), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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

Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by a U-M ROTC representative TBA. Also, recognition of the DAR ROTC medal recipients.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975-1976. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Fascinating Brazil": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited for a program exploring various aspects of Brazil, from its rain forest and coffee to its extravagantly festive Carnival. Refreshments. The club's meetings are aimed at women from other countries living in Ann Arbor and local women interested in other cultures. Nursery care provided for preschoolers.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 995-1645. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Sept. 18: State of Wonder, Anne Patchett's novel about a pharmaceutical research scientist's search for her former mentor who disappeared developing a valuable new drug in the Amazon jungle.

Oct. 16: The Round House, Louise Erdrich's National Book Award-winning novel, set on a North Dakota reservation, about a teen who seeks to restore balance in his family by avenging an assault on his mother.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

Student Wind Chamber Music Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Small wind and brass ensembles perform works TBA.
2 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Science and The End of Country": WCC Book Club.

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WCC English professor Maryam Barrie leads a discussion of Seamus McGraw's The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone.
3:30-5 p.m., 355 WCC Crane Liberal Arts & Science Bldg. Writing Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. mbarrie@wccnet.edu. [map]
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 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Circle: Ophir Crafts.

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Every Thursday evening, Ophir Crafts hosts a free drop-in crafting circle where knitters, crocheters, and other crafters can come to work on a project and meet other crafters. Bring your own project or buy one from Ophir Crafts. Coffee and Tea are provided. Knitting and crocheting experts are on hand to help with a few questions. More extensive coaching and private lessons are also available.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.Ophircrafts.com [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conversations on Europe": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Jan. 9: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki discusses "'With One Color, We Cannot See': Building Pluralism through Jewishness in Contemporary Poland."

Jan. 23: Georgetown University history professor Mustafa Aksakal discusses "A Global Islamic Revolution? The Jihad Declaration of November 1914 Reconsidered."

Feb. 20: Manhattan Community College political science professor Peter Bratis discusses "Civilization Gone Awry: Culture, Capitalism, and Conflict in Contemporary Europe."

Mar. 20: Indiana University history professor Michelle Moyd discusses "Centering a Sideshow: World War One in German East Africa as Local Experience."

Apr. 3: Binghamton University anthropology professor Douglas Holmes discusses "Public Currency: The Creation of a Monetary Regime."

Apr. 17: European University Institute visiting scholar Jean-Thomas Arrighi discusses "In Varietate Concordia? The Accommodation of National and Immigration-Induced Pluralism in 'Contemporary Europe.'"

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4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"How Cells Maintain Health Through Self-Eating": U-M Life Sciences Institute.

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Talk by U-M life sciences professor Dan Klionsky. Q&A and refreshments follow.
4 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. umlifesciencesinstitute@umich.edu. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Himalayan Journey of Walter Norman Koelz": U-M India Theme Semester.

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U-M anthropology professor Carla Sinopoli discusses the late museum collector (and U-M grad) who led a scientific expedition to the Himalayas and ended up shipping more than 600 Tibetan cultural objects back to Ann Arbor.
4 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-4059.
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Mar. 20, Apr. 24, May 15. Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:45-5:45 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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

New Enterprise Forum Meeting: New Enterprise Forum.

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The March 2014 Forum Meeting Program Line Up
You are invited to join in on the adventure of entrepreneurship and making connections.

NEF Pitch Pit
Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a "Shark Tank" format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but, no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.
Pitch Pit Presenters:
Thomas Cieslak
Todd Norwood
Theodore Marentis
Pitch Pit Judges:
Marianne Fey
George Levy
Stew Nelson
March Showcase Presenter
PHASIQ, Arlyne Simon, commercializing a diagnostic platform that simultaneously detects up to 16 proteins more accurately than the best available immunoassays today.
March Featured Stakeholder
Brown & Brown Insurance
SPARK, 330 E Liberty Street, lower level. Free. PR@NewEnterpriseForum.org http://NewEnterpriseForum.org [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Joshua Edwards & Paul Killebrew: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Poetry reading by Edwards-director and coeditor of the small press Canarium Books-and Killibrew, a Maryland attorney. The poems in Killibrew's poetry collection Ethical Consciousness, published by Canarium, are noted for their warm voice and sharp philosophical questions. Edwards is the author of Imperial Nostalgias, whose self-effacing and awestruck speaker meditates on themes of place, belongingness, identity, and our moral obligations as global citizens.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Mar. 13, 20, & 27. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 13: "Learning & Unlearning." Bunker Roy discusses Barefoot College, an NGO he founded in 1972 that helps rural communities become self-sufficient. Mar. 20: "From What to Where." Artist and policy advocate Laurie Jo Reynolds discusses her work that addresses negative representations of people in prison. Mar. 27: Talk by director, producer, and screenwriter Penelope Spheeris, who's often referred to as a rock 'n' roll anthropologist because of her work chronicling the punk movement. She also directed films such as Wayne's World and The Beverly Hillbillies.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:15-6:45 p.m. 

Therapeutic Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga classes. 5:15pm-6:45pm.
Allow your body to become a more comfortable place to live. Find relief from aches, pains and stiffness. Great for back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and all around soothing stress relief, this breath based gentle Hatha yoga class is designed so anyone and everyone can participate. Drop-in any Thursday .
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, RYT500, Yoga Therapist.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 class drop/in, $12.90/w/10-class-card purchase. 734-9290274. Jdpolley@comcast.net Www.sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]
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 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Climate Change and Health Impacts Webinar: Physicians for Social Responsibility Michigan Chapter.

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Climate Change and Health Impacts Webinar
When: March 20th, 2014 6:00pm-7:15pm (eastern)
Join Michigan PSR and MI Air MI Health as we host Dr. Cindy Parker. We will have a formal presentation followed by questions and a Michigan update and action piece.
Dr. Parker is on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she co-directs the Program on Global Sustainability and Health engaged in education, policy work, practice, and research on the health impacts of climate change, peak petroleum, and global sustainability. As part of her work to educate the public and policy makers about the health effects of global climate change, she is a frequent speaker on the topic and recently co-authored the book Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk published by Praeger.
Dr. Parker received her MD from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified in Public Health and General
webinar. Free. 7343699269 ext. 9261. sdernek@psr.org www.psrmichigan.org
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Programs Info & Open House at Clonlara School in Ann Arbor: Clonlara School.

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Needing to plan what your student will do over the summer?
Needing to earn summer credit or achieve credit recovery?

At our Summer Program Info Night, we will have informational materials on hand from many summer programs, whether they be academic, artistic, or athletic.
What are your interests? Horseback riding? Advanced Physics? Sailing? Russian Language? Whatever it is, there is likely a summer program for you! Or, students can design their own summer experiences...travel?...community service?...and earn high school credit!
Clonlara Advisors and Campus Teachers will be on hand to provide information about the Clonlara Home Based Education Program, as well as details of the Clonlara Campus Program. Campus tours will be going on throughout the evening.
SteppingStone School for Gifted Children (and others) will be present to explain their summer programming. Let them help you find the summer program that is right for your student.
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-769-4511. martha@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fabulous Ice Age": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Keri Pickett's award-winning 2013 documentary about the history of theatrical figure skating that draws on rare archival footage and candid interviews with producers and skaters. Followed by a discussion with director Pickett.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Vernal Equinox Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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All invited for a multigenerational program of singing, storytelling, and discussion to celebrate the birth of spring with (if possible) a bonfire. Bring a verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass; table setting & beverage provided). Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7448 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m. 

Workshop: New Online Class Options with Susette Jaquette.

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Come join us to learn more about earning core curriculum credit outside of school. Workshop includes information on the newest online class options and school credit requirements. Find out how RST can help you customize your plan for making the most of your high school career!
WHERE: RST Studio, 412 Longshore Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
WHO: Families and students in grades 6-12
WHEN: March 20, 6:30-8 pm
Cost is $10 per family. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
To help us plan for food and space accommodations, please register by March 13!
More information and registration here: http://raszersharp.org/upcoming-workshops/
RST Learning Studio, 412 Longshore Drive. $10 per family. 734-786-2666. admin@rststudio.org http://raszersharp.org/upcoming-workshops/ [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

2014 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Semifinals: The Neutral Zone.

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Readings by young poets battling for a spot at the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finals on Apr. 3. Other semifinals are held at Pioneer High School (7 p.m., Mar. 21) and Community High School (7 p.m., Mar. 27).
7 p.m., Huron High School Little Theater, 2727 Fuller. Free. 214-9995. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  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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Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Kirschenmann directs this adventurous music student ensemble in improvised music drawing on an array influences from classical and jazz to pop, folk, and world music.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Latin American Film Series: U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Mar. 20: Here and There (Antonio Méndez Esparza, 2012). Drama about a man who returns to his wife and daughter and life in a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in New York City. Winner of the top prize at the Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival. Spanish, subtitles. 100 Hutchins Hall (625 S. State), 7 p.m.

Mar. 27: Amerinauk (Nacho Reig, 2011). Documentary, set under the vast blue skies and bleak but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada, about the remaining population of Basques who left Spain 50 years ago in search of a better life as sheepherders in the American West. Basque & English, subtitles. 2435 North Quad (105 S. State), 7 p.m.

Apr. 3: The Return (Hernán Jiménez, 2012). Director Jiménez stars in this comic drama about a 30-year-old man who, after living 10 years in New York, returns to his home in Costa Rica to find things changed in ways that force him to stay far longer than he had anticipated. Spanish, subtitles. 2435 North Quad (105 S. State), 7 p.m.

Apr. 10: Wilaya (Pedro Pérez Rosado, 2012). After the death of the foster mother with whom she had been living for 16 ears, a woman returns to her Sahrawi family in a Saharan refugee camp, where she is torn between her allegiance to her family and her memories of friends and family in Spain. Spanish & Arabic, subtitles. 100 Hutchins Hall (625 S. State), 7 p.m.

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7 p.m., 100 Hutchins Hall (Mar. 20 & Apr. 10), 625 S. State, & 2435 North Quad (Mar. 27 & Apr. 3), 105 S. State. Free. 764-5344. [map]
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Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. 255-5310. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Stewart Francke: Music Under the Arch.

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This veteran Detroit singer-songwriter performs thoughtful, well-crafted contemporary folk-rock songs. Snacks & beverages.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance only at musicunderthearch.com. 787-1428. [map]
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Tara Erraught: University Musical Society.

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An unexpected debut launched the career of this critically acclaimed young Irish mezzo-soprano, who replaced an ill colleague as Romeo in a 2011 Bavarian State Opera performance of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. "She's only 26, but Tara Erraught already has a classic, surprisingly mature mezzo voice: it's big, strong, dark and rich," writes a Kansas City Star reviewer. Tonight she is joined by pianist Dearbhla Collins for Haydn's Berenice, che tai, Brahms' Gypsy Songs, selections from Wolf's Morike Songs, Gluck's "Addio, o miei sospiri" from Orfeo ed Euridice, Amilcare Ponchielli's "Voce di donna" from La Gioconda, and Michael William Balfe's "Non v'e donna piu felice" from Falstaff.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $10-$50, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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"The Clunie Site: A Late Prehistoric Site in the Saginaw Valley": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Castle Museum (Saginaw) archaeology curator Jeff Sommer discusses this site, which is one of only a handful where archaeologists have found evidence of Late Prehistoric Native American inhabitants.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. (248) 437-4183. [map]
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"Urinetown": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd." Cast: Ben Wier, Alexandra Cubero-Matos, Isaac Scobey-Thal, Morgan Harvey, Oren Levin, Oren Steiner, Jacob Johnson, Louis Hochster, Hannah Hesseltine, James Harkey, Ruby Lowenstein, Sofia Kromis, Milo Tucker-Meyer, Briana O'Neal, Eleanor Olson, Liz Roy, and Simon Rutkowski.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Performance Network Professional Season.

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

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Mar. 20-22. A veteran guest performer in TV sitcoms, Gaza is a very funny and playfully irreverent stand-up comic who bills himself as "The Laziest Working Man in Show Business," sometimes even performing in PJs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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The Blind Boys of Alabama: The Ark.

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Founded in the 1940s at Alabama's Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind, this chorus is still one of the most celebrated African American gospel singing groups, blending intense, straining vocals and extreme stagecraft with meltingly sweet harmonies.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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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