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Thursday, April 3, 2014






 
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 8 a.m. 

Auditions for 2014-2015 Season: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Bonnie Kidd and Shayla Powell, Conductors.
Open auditions for boys with unchanged voices and girls (ages 9-16), interested in high quality choral training.
Audition Dates
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
For an easy, 10-minute appointment please visit us online at www.annarboryouthchorale.org
No preparation is required.
Scholarships are available based on need.
We are proud recipients of a Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation Inc. grant.
Train, Perform, and have fun with us!
Audition Location TBA. Free to audition. aaycadmin@annarboryouthchorale.org www.annarboryouthchorale.org
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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 9:15 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Talk Series: Sensory Issues in Children at Clonlara School: Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services.

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Where to go from here? Home Exercise Plan & School Topics
Now that we've covered what sensory processing is, where can we go from here?
This discussion will involve what steps to take after understanding of sensory processing deficits, including things you can do at home and what opportunities are available throughout the school systems.
Series sponsored by Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. martha@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org/campus/event [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 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! 

"Spring Unfolding Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Beginner-friendly slow-paced ride, 10-15 miles, around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore the delights of local gardens, parks, and cafes.
10 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 971-5763, 663-5060. [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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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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 12:15 p..m. 

"Violin and Piano/Organ Concert": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Violinist Bernadette Stetz and pianist/organist Marijim Thoene play music by Corelli, Telemann, and J.S. Bach. Refreshments.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Terry Evanshen: Concordia University Conference on Spirituality and the Arts and Sciences.

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This Canadian Football Hall of Famer discusses his experience of waking up from a coma after a car accident to find he'd lost 44 years of memories. Evanshen's talk kicks off a daylong series of talks on memory, remembering, memorization, and memorialization.
12:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Adventurers Come and See!": Adventurers Homeschool Association.

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Come and visit Adventurers! See how our classes work! Visit us, and sit in on a class if you like. If you're planning your family's homeschool educational and enrichment needs for fall, this is the perfect opportunity to check us out and see all that we have to offer.
Merritt Road Church of the Nazarene, 6560 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-358-0280. danette@danetteurban.com www.adventurershomeschool.org [map]
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Maritime Histories, Ecologies, and Cultures": U-M Institute for the Humanities: U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Talk by University of Connecticut-Avery Point history professor Glenn Gordinier, also the official historian at Mystic (CT) Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea.
2:30-4 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, room 1022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

The Love, Lure and Lore of the Clothesline-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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What does a clothesline hobbyist collect, and why? This fun presentation and display of laundry nostalgia will revive memories of simpler times when laundry was always hung to dry outdoors - when folks went "online" without the internet! We'll touch on washday history and sociological issues of ethnic stereotypes in the laundry industry, feminism, and the demise of the clothesline as automatic dryers emerged. We'll learn why "solar drying" is the way to go, especially in today's eco-conscious world. There will be a video, laundry poetry, personal stories, and lots of sharing. Let's hang out together! Instructor: Anne Lawrence.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [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 p.m.  Free! 

Getting Credit: Understanding Cryptocurrencies: Digital Studies at the University of Michigan.

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A lecture by Finn Brunton (NYU - Department of Media, Culture, and Communication).
This wide-ranging talk uses the current state of cryptocurrencies (most notably Bitcoin) and their underlying technologies to consider contemporary digital culture and its future. Professor Finn Brunton will discuss peer-to-peer networks, public key cryptography, proof-of-work systems, and the blockchain, illuminating their underlying social, political, and theoretical models and concepts. We will travel from sixth century Chang'an, seventeenth century Switzerland, and the vault of the New York Federal Reserve to IRC channels, software development communities, and closely guarded facilities in Iceland and Hong Kong to understand a system with fascinating implications for identity, ownership, authorship and trust online.
The inaugural Digital Studies Colloquium Talk.
Sponsored by Digital Studies and Science, Technology & Society. Additional sponsors to be named at event.
North Quad Space 2435, 105 S. State St. Free. 734 647 9535. htyung@umich.edu http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ac/events/ci.gettingcreditthu3apr2014_ci.detail [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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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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Apr. 3, May 1. Book discussion group for kids in grade 4 & up. Books TBA. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Musicology Lecture: The Tonality Wars": U-M School of Music.

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University of Chicago music professor Thomas Christensen discusses his research on the early historiography of tonality.
4:30 p.m., U-M Stearns Bldg. Cady Room, 2005 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Reading Culture Book Club": Ann Arbor District Library/University Musical Society.

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All invited to discuss Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain's book exploring introversion through psychological research and personal experiences.
4:30-6:30 p.m., AADL, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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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 5-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Expressions of the Inexpressible: A New Dictionary of Buddhism": U-M College of Literature, Science, & the Arts.

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U-M Buddhist & Tibetan studies professor Donald Lopez discusses the new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism he co-edited.
5-6 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater. Free. 615-8623. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Apr. 3 & 10. Talks by visiting artists. Apr. 3: Shahzia Sikander discusses her work, which is currently on display as part of the UMMA exhibition, Doris Duke's Shangri La. Apr. 10: New York jewelry designer David Yurman discusses "Dreaming with Your Hands."
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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Food from the Farm": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Representatives from Corridor Sausage (Detroit) and The Brinery (Ann Arbor), which makes sauerkraut and other fermented foods, discuss and offer taste samples of their products.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

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

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Readings by youth poets battling ferociously for one of the 6 coveted spots on the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team, which competes in the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival in Philadelphia this summer. Note: This event is usually standing room only.
6:30 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $10 (students, $5). 214-9995. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

The Secrets of Great Pasta Cooking Revealed!": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig and Italian food importer and pasta expert Rolando Beramendi discuss (with taste samples) what makes great dried pasta so delicious, how to cook it most effectively, and how to sauce it so that you can serve up a superb meal with a minimal amount of cooking.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $40. Space limited; reservations required. 663-3400. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Ypsilanti Youth Theathre.

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Come and support young actors (ages 8-18) from this area, as they perform Shakespear's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Revisit this old classic with some new twists and experience the joy of the children as they proudly perform what they have worked so hard on. You will not be disappointed.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10 (adults) $6 (children under 12 and seniors). 734-945-0633. ypsiyouththeatre@gmail.com [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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 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

ADHD & Learning Disability Workshop: The University Center for the Child and the Family.

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Our group offers parents the chance to share ideas and receive resources on topics such as their child's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Learning Disability (LD) diagnosis, the emotional impact of learning problems and community supports for parents and children.
This is the third of three workshops. It is strongly recommended to attend all three workshops if possible.
The Institute for Human Adjustment, 500 E. Washington Suite 100. Free. 734-764-9466. umuccf@umich.edu uccf.umich.edu [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Benjamin Landry: Literati Bookstore.

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This local poet reads from Particle and Wave, his new collection that draws on scientific terms and the history of science-everything from the periodic table to Pliny the Younger's account of the eruption of Vesuvius-to emphasize that we need not be lonely, even if we are alone. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7 p.m., CUBS' AC in Colonial Lanes, 1950 South Industrial. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

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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 7 p.m. 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 20: Fall Festival of Choirs.

Oct. 27: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Nov. 3: Echoes Concert Band.

Dec. 8: Band and Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 9: Band and Choirs Concert.

Dec. 11: Orchestra Concert.

Feb 8: District Solo & Ensemble Vocal Festival. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Feb. 27: Band & Orchestra Pre-Festival Concert.

Mar. 1: "Showcase of Michigan Show Choirs." Performances by CHS Company C and choirs from several other Michigan high schools. $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door.

Mar. 18: Choir Festival Concert.

Mar. 22 (time TBA): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Apr. 3: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr. 30: Band & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 22: Band & Orchestra Concert.


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7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free unless otherwise noted. 475-4524. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Randall Horton & Curtis Crisler: Bookbound.

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Readings by these award-winning poets. Horton's 2013 collection, Pitch Dark Anarchy, challenges concepts of beauty, image, race, identity, and the construction of skin color. Curtis's poems are "experimental but welcoming, funky intellectual rides that invite all to share in his scintillating view of the world," says writer Patricia Smith. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7 p.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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 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Finding Your Tribe": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local young adult fiction writer Lara Zielin and short fiction writer Margaret Yang discuss how to connect with other writers. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up. Also, Zielin and Yang host an open house for writers to connect with each other and/or work on their projects on Apr. 17.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)": U-M Basement Arts.

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Apr. 3-5. Danielle Cohn directs students in Sara Ruhl's 2010 Tony-nominated comedy about Victorian gender roles and female sexuality. A physician finds success when he begins to treat his female patients' "hysteria" with the recently invented vibrator, but when his young wife breaks into his office to try the device for herself, erotic and emotional chaos erupts.
7 p.m. (Apr. 3-5) & 11 p.m. (Apr. 4), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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"Permaculture Farming and Biodynamic Gardening": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Salon.

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Panel discussion with veteran local biodynamic gardener and teacher Barb Scholz and Chiwara Permaculture Research and Education director Nathan Ayers. Moderated by Sandy Wiener, coordinator of the local Institute of Noetic Sciences community group.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Marisol": U-M Theatre Department.

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Apr. 3-6 & 10-13. U-M theatre professor Linda Goodrich directs U-M theatre students in Jose Rivera's 1993 Obie-winning magical realist drama about a young Latina woman, working as a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher but still living in the dangerous Bronx neighborhood in which she grew up, who finds herself in the middle of an apocalypse when a rebellion in heaven against a senile God spills over into the streets of NYC. "Rivera's play is angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humor," says the Village Voice. For mature audiences only.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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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"One End to the Other: Passages and Thresholds": U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 3-5. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance MFA candidates Amy Guilmette and William B. McLellan.
8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. $7 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5461. [map]
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Nathan MacIntosh: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 3-5. Ann Arbor debut of this NYC-based award-winning Canadian stand-up comic known for his fresh, funny, driven rants on a wide array of troublesome matters, large and small, that plague the human spirit. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Oboe Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by students of Nancy Ambrose King.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Orchestra Conducting Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of Kenneth Kiesler conduct members of the University Philharmonia Orchestra in works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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The Desert Rose Band: The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by this award-winning veteran country-rock outfit founded in 1985 by singer-songwriter Chris Hillman, a founding member of both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. With guitarist and mandolinist John Jorgenson, guitarist Herb Pedersen, and bassist Bill Bryson.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $26 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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"Confessions of the Easter Bunny": Emergent Arts.

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Mar. 26-30 and Apr. 3-6. Local actors present a staged reading of local playwright Tim Henning's new play about the Easter Bunny. Jaded and tired from centuries of producing Easter eggs and suffering from an addiction to exotic greens, he seeks meaning and a new sense of purpose.
8 p.m., (Mar. 26 & Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students, $10) in advance at emergentarts.com, & at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest. Prizes for the top 2 teams.
8-9:30 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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"Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars, & Lunatics": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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See review. Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8:15 p.m. 

Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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Reduce stress and tension and regain peace, health, youthful vibrancy and mental alertness. Studies show that stress decreases immune function, reduces memory and mental acuity and accelerates the aging process. Set aside this time for yourself and enjoy pure, un-interrupted restful relaxation. This is the best investment you will make all week.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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