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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 25, 2014






 
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 9-10 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:45-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $15 for the year. 665-0105. [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  Free! 

"Ancestry Aficionados": Chelsea District Library.

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Beginner-to-expert genealogists invited to share their findings and get help from experienced volunteers about online resources and family history questions.
10 a.m.-noon, CDL Learning Lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon 

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

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Voices Valiant is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50. This chorus is designed for adults who: love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community that music can provide, want to improve their mental and physical health through music. There is no audition necessary.
Voices Valiant will rehearse in two cycles in 2014: Winter Cycle and Spring Cycle. Each cycle consists of 10 rehearsals and a performance. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group.
Season Dates
Winter Cycle: January 7 - March 8, 2014 (Concert on March 8)
Spring Cycle: March 18 - May 17, 2014 (Concert on May 17)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $100/cycle plus $25 music. 734-936-2660. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu http://www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/adult/voices-valiant.htm [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Art for Life": Chelsea Senior Center/Chelsea Area Historical Society.

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Chelsea Center for the Arts teacher Kathy Gunderson discusses famous artists and their work. Each talk features a related snack.

Mar. 11: "Monet's The Water Lily Pond."

Mar. 25: "Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam."

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1 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $10 (members, $8). Preregistration required. 475-9242. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Kevyn Orr: U-M School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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This U-M law school grad discusses his contentious, controversial experience for the past year as emergency manager of Detroit.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. Free. 764-3490. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Economic Challenges Facing Eastern European Nations": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Talk by Harvard University Kennedy School of Government public policy lecturer Simeon Djankov, a former Bulgarian minister of finance.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0351. [map]
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 5:30-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Meditations": Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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Every Tues. TBE cantor Annie Rose and St. Clare's music director John Goodell collaborate on musical programs TBA.
5:30-6:15 p.m., TBE/St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Anonymous People" - free public screening: University of Michigan Students for Recovery and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery.

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"The Anonymous People" is an inspirational, award-winning documentary film highlighting the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions. Public screenings of this film are sweeping across our nation; shattering deeply embedded societal stereotypes and countering the stigma of addiction with the hope and reality of long-term recovery. This free public screening provides a unique opportunity for our Southeast Michigan community to experience a powerful, profoundly moving testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery.
The event is being organized by the University of Michigan Students for Recovery and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery. It's free and open to all; no registration is required.
University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheatre, 915 East Washington Street. Free. 734-763-3933. collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu ttp://www.uhs.umich.edu/recovery [map]
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 6 p.m. 

52nd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mar. 25-30. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 30. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres.

Mar. 25: Opening Night. The festival kicks off tonight with screenings of independent short films, including animation, documentary, narrative, and experimental films, as well as the North American premiere of A Million Miles Away, former festival winner Jennifer Reeder's supernatural coming-of-age tale told in the form of an 80s heavy metal anthem. Also, Cut, Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet's wordless montage of images of disfigurement and decay from recognizable films and The Dark, Krystle, Michael Robinson's film told from the perspective of a middle-aged woman who died in a fire. Preceded from 6-8 p.m. by a gala reception ($35; members, students, & seniors, $25; screening only, $9) with music spun by DJ Jeremy Wheeler. Also, open bar & appetizers from local restaurants. Also, a "Backstage Fundraiser Dinner" from 6-8 p.m. ($150) at Sava's Restaurant. 8-10 p.m.

Mar. 26: Talks on "Identity, Creativity, and Wellbeing: The Role of the Arts Festival in Engaging Communities" and "Convergent Media Activism Through Projection" (2435 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Big as Life, 8mm Experimental Film in the U.S.: The Boston Underground, 1976-1992." Films chosen by festival judge Steve Anker, including many from the Big As Life 8mm and Super 8 collection held at MoMA from 1998-2000, as well as a rare screening of the late Anne Charlotte Robinson's 1990 film Apologies. FREE, 12:30 p.m. "Music Videos in Competition" (3 p.m.). "Gradual Speed" (4:30 p.m.). Els Van Riel's austere meditation on movement, matter, light, and perception. Also, a screening of Leighton Pierce's meditative short White Ash. "Joseph Bernard: Super 8 Films" (7 p.m.) a selection of Detroit artist Bernard's 1970s and 80s films. Appearance by Bernard. "Films in Competition 1" (7:15 p.m.), including Akram Zaatari's Letter to a Refusing Pilot-about the Israeli pilot who refused to strike his assigned target in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon-and other documentary, abstract, and animated shorts. "Thom Andersen: Films 1965-2014" (9:15 p.m.). First of a 5-part complete retrospective of this L.A.-based filmmaker's work. Tonight's program features newly restored prints of his earliest works as well as his most recent film, Hey, Asshole! Appearance by Andersen. "Out Night: Films in Competition" (9:30 p.m.). Contemporary LGBTQ films. Films are followed by an after party at the autBar (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), with fire pits in the courtyard and free appetizers.

Mar. 27: Talks on "Making Is a Form of Thinking" and "Ask the Programmer" (2435 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Hope Tucker: The Obituary Project" (12:30 p.m.). Festival juror Tucker presents work from her ongoing series that documents the passing of cultural markers and ways of being. "Thom Andersen: Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer" (3 p.m.). Newly restored 35mm print of Andersen's 1975 film about the origins of cinema. "Touch: Feature in Competition" (7 p.m.), Shelly Silver's drama about a librarian who returns to Chinatown to care for his dying mother and spends his time collecting images. "Films in Competition 2" (7:15 p.m.), experimental and documentary shorts, including Simon Starling's Black Drop-about the transit of Venus-and James Benning's 1976 Chicago Loop. "Penelope Spheeris: Films 1965-1998" (9:15 p.m.), with Spheeris's early films I Don't Know and Hats Off to Hollywood, which plumb the personal desires and heartaches of a transgender person as she makes her way through L.A. Appearance by Spheeris. "Films in Competition 3" (9:30 p.m.), experimental and documentary films, including Let Us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget, Ben Russell's 2013 portrayal of a rite performed on the island of Tanna, Melanesia. Followed by an after party at the Ravens Club (11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.).

Mar. 28: Talks on "Politics: Aesthetics: Action" and "Avant-garde as Kitsch: Experimental Film and Internet Video" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Jeremy Rigsby: God's Asshole and Other Ideas of the Previous Century" (12:30 p.m.). AAFF juror and Media City Film Festival (Windsor, ON) director Rigsby presents 9 films featured in past retrospectives at Media City. "From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State). Documentary, captured on cell phone cameras, about sailors from the Kutch district in western India. FREE, 3 p.m. "Thom Andersen: Red Hollywood" (4 p.m.), a screening of NoŽl Burch and Andersen's recently re-edited 1996 documentary about the works of Communist directors who were blacklisted in Hollywood. Appearance by Andersen. "Penelope Spheeris: The Decline of Western Civilization I" (5 p.m.), a screening of Spheeris's cult documentary about the L.A. punk rock scene. Appearance by Spheeris.

Mar. 29: "What the Hell Was That?" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). Screening and discussion of several challenging experimental short films from this year's festival. FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Films in Competition 5 (Ages 6+)" (11 a.m.). Documentary, animated, and narrative shorts geared toward kids age 6 & up. $5. "Films in Competition 6" (11 a.m.), experimental, documentary, and narrative films, including the Senegalese film Mille Soleils, which looks back at filmmaker Mati Diop's late uncle's 1972 Dakar cult film Touki Bouki. "Thom Andersen: Los Angeles Plays Itself" (12:30 p.m.), a newly reedited version of Andersen's 2003 masterpiece, a 3-hour documentary about how Los Angeles has been depicted in film. Andersen and critic and scholar Genevieve Yue discuss the film. "Films in Competition 7" (1 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "Films in Competition 8" (3 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "From Deep: Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Brett Kashmere's documentary about basketball and its shifting role in 20th-century American culture. "The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente): Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner's documentary about a massive carved stone that was moved to Mexico City in 1964, a move that sparked a rebellion that led to a military intervention. "Costa da Morte: Feature in Competition" (7 p.m.), Lois Patino's stunning 2013 landscape documentary about the Costa da Morte ("Coast of Death") region in Galicia, Spain. "Films in Competition 9" (7:15 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Manakamana" (9:15 p.m.), Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's film, shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, is a thrillingly mysterious cross between science fiction and ethonography. "Films in Competition 10" (9:30 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Suburbia" (State Theater), Penelope Spheeris's 1984 film about suburban punks who run away from home. $6, midnight. Followed by an after party at LIVE (11 p.m.-2 a.m.).

Mar. 30: A stop action animation workshop (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "It for Others: Film in Competition" (11 a.m.), Duncan Campbell's film that uses Chris Marker and Alain Resnais's 1953 film Les Statues Meurent aussi ("Statues also Die") to explore the ideas of cultural imperialism and commodity. Preceded by a screening of Les Statues Meurent aussi. "Thom Andersen: Reconvers„o" (1 p.m.), a screening of Andersen's 2012 film, a combination travelogue and architectural study, with Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Appearance by Andersen. "Films in Competition 11" (1:15 p.m.), new experimental and documentary films, featuring Deborah Stratman's Hacked Circuit, about sound artists at work on the Foley process of adding everyday ambient sounds to a film. "The Forgotten Space" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State), NoŽl Burch and Allan Sekula's documentary that follows a shipping container along the international supply chain. FREE, 2 p.m. "Purgatorio: Feature in Competition" (3:15 p.m.), Rodrigo Reyes's provocative film that reimagines the Mexico-U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. "Award Program 1" (6 p.m.). "Award Program 2" (8:15 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at the Alley Bar.

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Various times, Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Beginning Crochet Class: Ophir Crafts.

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This is a two hour class which will teach the basics of crochet. Students will learn how to get started, how to read a pattern, which hooks to use, about different kinds of yarn, and more. The fee is $25 which includes materials. Additional materials may be purchased that night for a discount. The class is being taught by Terry Ernsting.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. $25. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.ophircrafts.com [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 p.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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tuesday Dinner Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. 10- to 20-mile ride, at various paces, along the well maintained Border-to-Border Trail, to a restaurant in either Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti. Front & back lights required, reflective clothing strongly recommended
6 p.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]
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 6:30 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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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

FREE Home Buying Seminar 101: Keller Williams & Gold Star Financial Mortgage Company.

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Thinking about buying a home, and don't know where to start?
Find out what you need to know!
If you haven't purchased a home in awhile (or ever)you may be surprised at how much there is to know! How are closing cost determined and who pays for them? Do you know about appraisals, home inspections and escrows?
We'll help you navigate the process like a pro!
Please RSVP to Laurie Schultz. laurie@lauriebschultz.com
First time home buyers guide will be distributed.
Malletts Creek Ann Arbor District Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-649-3679. laurie@lauriebschultz.com www.thefaethteam.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

FREE Home Buying Seminar 101: Keller Williams & Gold Star Financial Mortgage Company.

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Thinking about buying a Home this year?
If you have not purchased a home in a while (or ever!)This FREE
seminar is for you! Come meet with a panel of experts who will
walk you through the entire home buying process! You may be
surprised at how much there is to know.
*How to qualify & what loans are available?
*How are closing costs determined and who pays them?
*What are appraisals, home inspections & escrow?
*What should you know about the local market?
When: Tuesday March 25th Time: 7:00 8:30 pm
Seating Is Limited!!!
RSVP to Laurie@lauriebschultz.com or 7346493679
AA District Library Malletts, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy AA 48108. Free. stephane@christinefaeth.com. stephane@christinefaeth.com www.thefaethteam.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Growing Healthy Kids: Canopy Chiropractic.

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With childhood obesity, diabetes and other diagnosis on the rise, for the first time in history children are less healthy than the generation before them. Children deserve the best chance to express heath and their peak potential. Come learn how to provide a solid foundation for family wellness.
Canopy Chiropractic, 2464 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. CanopyChiro@gmail.com. CanopyChiro@gmail.com www.Facebook.com/CanopyChiropractic [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Treetown Community Chorus.

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Every Tues. Sept. 9-Apr. 28. All invited to join this fun-loving independent local mixed chorus to sing mostly familiar tunes, along with some serious music, in various genres. David Perample directs.
7-9 p.m., Gladwin barn, 4105 W. Liberty. Free to visitors ($80 per semester dues for those who join). 355-7738. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Health Care Reform and Mental Health Parity: What Does It mean for You?": Ann Arbor District Library Bright Nights Community Forum.

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Talk by U-M Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation director Marianne Udow-Phillips. Followed by a Q&A with U-M psychiatry department chair Gregory Dalack and other U-M experts.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery: Dawn Farm.

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"Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery" will be presented by Janice Firn, LMSW; Clinical Social Worker on the U/M Adult Palliative Care Consult Team; and Barb Smith, author of Brent's World. Grief and loss associated with addiction can b exceptionally lonely and difficult to heal from. This program will describe theories of grief and grief recovery, losses that chemically dependent individuals and his/her family experience, and how recovery program tools help individuals cope with grief and loss. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, and related issues. Anyone with a personal or professional interest is welcome.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Chanxi Guan: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this China Conservatory piano chair.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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