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Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 23, 2014






 
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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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 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.-4 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Mar. 22 & 23. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Sheep, goat, and alpaca shearing demonstrations. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mar. 22) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 23), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days); kids age 11 & under, free. 546-0032. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Orchid Festival: Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Mar. 22 & 23. Show (noon-4:30 p.m. Mar. 22 & 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mar. 23) and sales (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days) of thousands of breathtaking orchids. Also, talks and demos by orchid growers (1, 2, & 3 p.m. on Mar. 22 and noon, 1, & 2 p.m. Mar. 23). Note: the show is open 9-10 a.m. each day to photographers only.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission. annarbororchids@aol.com, 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Sunday Schmooze: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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State representative Jeff Irwin, an Ann Arbor Democrat, discusses "A Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United?"
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 975-9872. [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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 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Weekend Drop In Play!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. We will have coffee for the grown-ups, and there are healthy snacks available for a small suggested donation. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Sunday Brunch Concert Series: Jewish Community Center.

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U-M cello Anthony Elliott professor conducts a chamber ensemble from the Dexter Community Orchestra in a program TBA. All invited.
11 a.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $12 (members, $10) includes brunch. Reservations required. 971-0990. [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 p.m. 

Spring Workshop: Clay Mobiles: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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For 3-5 year olds and a parent
Introduce your young one to the world of ceramic clay through this fun and simple project using clay slabs, slips, and cookie cutters. Once completed you will have an attractive handmade mobile to remind you of Spring all year long. The price of the workshop includes 1 child and 1 adult. 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-clay-spring-mobiles/179 [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m.  

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Sunday Baking!.

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Some say that things happen in 3's and that is definitely the case in today's class. Come in from the cold and warm up as we bake a trio of treats. Sweet Bread Pudding with Chocolate Chips and Caramel Sauce, Granola to Go, and Molasses Cookies should cure anyone's sweet tooth. We've all bought baguettes that go untouched and that's the great thing about bread pudding, if you add enough milk and eggs to it and bake it, presto-bread pudding! Our granola recipe is crisp, delicious, easy to customize. You can add any nut or dried fruit and we'll make a variety available for you to use. We'll pack up any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Sunday Baking!.

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Some say that things happen in 3's and that is definitely the case in today's class. Come in from the cold and warm up as we bake a trio of treats. Sweet Bread Pudding with Chocolate Chips and Caramel Sauce, Granola to Go, and Molasses Cookies should cure anyone's sweet tooth. We've all bought baguettes that go untouched and that's the great thing about bread pudding, if you add enough milk and eggs to it and bake it, presto-bread pudding! Our granola recipe is crisp, delicious, easy to customize. You can add any nut or dried fruit and we'll make a variety available for you to use. We'll pack up any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [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. 

Commando Krav Maga - Reality-based Self Defense: American Warriors Academy.

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Join us at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor for a 4-week course in self defense tactics using Commando Krav Maga!
Classes will be Sundays, March 23 & 30, and April 6 & 13 from 1 - 2:30 PM.
Commando Krav Maga (CKM) is a reality-based self-defense
system utilized by the Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters.
Knife Defense Techniques
Gun Disarming
Strangulations and Holds
Hand-to-Hand Defenses
Ground Survival
Psychology
The primary goal of training is survival!
Instructor Mike Trester is a level 6 Certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with over 23 years of law enforcement experience, including 18 years as a Special Weapons And Tactical team member. AGES 14 & OVER
PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
Email: americanwarriorsacademy@gmail.com to register
$40 for JCC Members/$50 for non-Members
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50. (734) 904-5003. americanwarriorsacademy@gmail.com www.americanwarriorsacademy.com [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 p.m. 

U-M Softball vs. Indiana.

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Mar. 21-23. Home opening series.
4 p.m. (Mar. 21), 2 p.m. (Mar. 22), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 23), Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. Ticket Prices TBA. 764-0247.
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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! 

"Genetically Modified (GM) Foods: Saving the World, Endangering It, or Somewhere in Between?": First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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Panel discussion with U-M ecology and evolutionary biology professor Catherine Badgley, MSU horticulture professor Rebecca Grumet, Capella Farms farmer Jennifer Kangas, Siler Farms farmer Ken Siler, and MSU agriculture, food, and community ethics chair Paul Thompson.
1 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church Chapel, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 475-9805. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Peace Lake Secret Hike": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Guest hike leader Barry Lonik leads a 4-mile hike through Pinckney State Recreation Area to learn about watersheds.
1 p.m., meet at the picnic table in front of Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Rd.) to carpool. Free. 677-0823.
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 15, 16, 22, & 23. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 15 & 16: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Mar. 22 & 23: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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.  Free! 

"Food, Land, and Justice: Creating a Jewish Lens".

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Symposium on regional sustainability issues, with a keynote address by Fair Food Network president Oran Hesterman on "Fair Food."
2-5 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Percussion Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle conduct this music student ensemble in works by Zaninelli, Aldridge, Fitkin, Rouse, and others.
2 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

Spring Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.): "Maple Sugar Festival." Following a screening of the film Maple Sugar Farmer, WNHA naturalists explains do-it-yourself maple syrup-making techniques and lead a short walk to show how to identify maple syrup trees and demonstrate tree-tapping techniques. Also a pancake breakfast with maple syrup ($6), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 31, 1700 Ridge Rd.

Mar. 16 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Rattler." DNR wildlife biologist Kristin Bissell displays a live massasauga rattlesnake and discusses its biology, habitat, and behaviors.

Mar. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Build Your Own Telescope." Local astronomy buff Meg Gower helps participants make their own telescope. Materials fee: $8.

Mar. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Australia." Representatives from the local Creature Conservancy display and discuss some of their collection of wild animals from Australia, including a kangaroo, a wallaby, and a kookaburra.

Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.): "Life in a Beehive." Beekeeper Jane Levy presents a hands-on introduction to how bees work together to build a hive and make honey. Kids have a chance to wear a beekeeper's suit. Aimed at adults & youth age 6 & up.

Apr. 12 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.

May 3 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Faerie House." All invited to design and construct a fairie or gnome home using a large array of natural materials. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. Space limited; preregistration required. $10.

May 11 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

May 18 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Mammals." Howell Nature Center Wild Wonders Wildlife Park staff display and discuss the characteristics of several of its Michigan wild mammals.

June 1 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.

June 8 (2-3 p.m.): "Nature's Tank: The Turtle." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson shows some live turtles and discusses their biology and life cycles, and what to do when you encounter them in the wild.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. The Maple Sugar Festival is free. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2 p.m. 

"All about the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"An Eye on the Empire": UMMA.

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Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of photographs of colonial India and Egypt by famous Victorian-era photographers such as Francis Frith and Samuel Bourne.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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. 

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 21-23. Students present Frank Loesser's 1961 musical farce about an ambitious young man who sets out to climb the corporate ladder and quickly rises to the top, taking his faithful secretary along with him. The score includes "A Secretary Is Not a Toy," "I Believe in You," and "Brotherhood of Man."
8 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 23), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Into the Woods": Greenhills School.

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Mar. 21-23. Emily Wilson-Tobin and Benjamin Cohen direct upper school students in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 23), Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. (off Earhart). Tickets $14 (students & seniors, $12). 769-4010. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Living Yoga: On and Off the Mat": Chelsea District Library.

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Mar. 19, Mar. 23, 26, & 30; Apr. 2 & 6. Local yoga instructor Sue Whitmarsh leads a meditation followed by a 45-minute Slow Flow yoga practice.
2-3:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wed.), CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Equinox Ritual": Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to celebrate this ancient Celtic Druidic festival honoring nature spirits, with a local emphasis on Ana, goddess of the Huron River. Bring gardening tools and seeds you would like blessed. Raffle and potluck (bring a dish).
2-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"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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 2 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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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Wind Ensemble Concert: Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chamber music by 13 small brass and woodwind ensembles, including a brass sextet, a euphonium quartet, a clarinet sextet, an "old time" town band, and others. Food and drinks available. Proceeds benefit the band's Ken Bowman Educational Scholarship Fund.
3-5 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. Free, but donations accepted. wccband.org. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: Doris Duke's Shangri La and Islamic Art": UMMA.

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All invited to join a discussion 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.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Taubman I Gallery, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required via email to umma-program-registration@umich.edu. 764-0395. [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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 3:30-6:30 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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 3:30 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Youngstown.

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The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
3:30 p.m. , Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Daniel Roth: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this internationally acclaimed French organist and composer.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Ensembles: U-M School of Music.

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Julie Skadsem directs the Michigan Youth Women's Chorale and Vincent Chandler directs the Michigan Youth Jazz Improvisation Ensemble. Program TBA.
4 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Cabaret: La Vie de Boheme": Arbor Opera Theater Fundraiser.

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Cabaret songs by members of this polished local opera company.
4 & 6:30 p.m., The Earle Restaurant Downtown, 121 W. Washington. Tickets $10-$40 (food not included) in advance & at the door. arboropera.com, 994-0211. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"The Planets": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Family Concert Series.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in a family-friendly performance highlighted by Gustav Holst's popular symphonic suite, with projected photographs of space and the planets from U-M astronomy projects. With guest cellist Lev Mamuya, a 16-year-old who won the 2013 Sphinx Competition. The program also includes Strauss's symphonic poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as Mozart's joyful and exhilarating Jupiter Symphony and music from Star Wars. Attendees are encouraged to come in space-inspired costumes. Astronaut Tony England is on hand for autographs afterward. Preceded 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the lobby by an instrument petting zoo, hands-on activities, and a display of an Apollo space suit (on loan from NASA), which was used on a moon walk.
4 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12 (kids, $8) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [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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 6-7 p.m. 

Belly Dance 1: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability, and balance. Class begins with conditioning and cardio, then continues on to the fundamental muscle isolations used in belly dance. The goal of this series is to build confident body posture and presentation as a foundation for movement though deep core strengthening, joint mobility, and isometrics.
The class is an excellent warm up for Belly Dance Technique and choreography, which immediately follows.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-1/ [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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 7-8 p.m. 

Belly Dance 2: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class drills your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography both traditional and not so much. Class begins with structured sequences of basic moves to hone your form, then moves on to teaching choreography for a full routine. Over the seven week series, each step will be broken down and practiced until you have a finished number, and choreography for the course will change every two series. Students enrolled in the full series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF!
The Belly Dance Conditioning class immediately preceding is an excellent warm up for this class.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $15-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-2/ [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Combos: U-M School of Music.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Robert Hurst directs students in jazz standards and originals.
7 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 8 p.m. (Mar. 24), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band and Michigan Youth Symphonic Band: U-M School of Music.

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The Concert Band performs Grainger's Lads of Wamphray, Smith's Dance Mix, Qian's Come, Drink One More Cup of Wine, and Shelle's End of the World. The Michigan Youth Symphonic Band performs Holst's 2nd Suite in F for Military Band, Pegram's Neon Nights, and Hindemith's Symphony in B-flat.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Junior Brown: The Ark.

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This acclaimed honky-tonk singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, plays 6-string and steel guitar as well as his own guitar hybrid, the "guit-steel." A longtime cult favorite who first gained the attention of mainstream country fans with his hilarious 1996 novelty hit "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," Brown sings in a pleasantly resonant baritone that suggests a somewhat grittier and slier Ernest Tubb, and his original songs are known for a lyrical wit and cleverness that's almost as dazzling as his guitar work. Critic Paul Davies calls Brown's music a "riveting quirky cocktail rattled out on the frenetic fingerpicking steel and acoustic guitar and the tumbleweed and tombstone vocals." Voted #1 House Rocker in a Guitar Player readers poll, he's a big local favorite.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Writing in Tongues: Translating Yiddish in the Twentieth Century": Temple Beth Emeth Evening in the Library.

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U-M English and Judaic studies professor Anita Norich discusses her book. Q&A.
7:30-9 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free, but reservations required via email to tbe_library@templebethemeth.org. 665-4744. [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. 

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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