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Sunday, April 6, 2014






 
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 8 a.m. 

Bicycle Races: Ann Arbor Velo Club 30th Annual Spring Training Series.

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Apr. 6, 13, 19, & 27. Bike races for beginning and experienced racers-including new racers (9 a.m.), women (9:35 a.m.), and racers in categories 4 & 5 (10:20 a.m.), 3 & 4 (10:55 a.m.), and 1-4 (11:40 a.m.)-on a 1.4-mile loop on Varsity and Highland drives (just south of Ellsworth). Also, a race for youth ages 10-18 (1 p.m., $3). Preceded at 8 a.m. by a free clinic for new racers.
Various times, park behind Cayman Chemical Co., 1180 Ellsworth (just west of Stone School). $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Preregistration recommended at SpringTrainingSeries.com. 635-1341. [map]
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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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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 26. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Apr. 5: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Mitchell Middle school parking lot on Pittsview Dr. just off Lorraine) to help remove garlic mustard, dame's rock, and other invasive, or Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs.

Apr. 6: Black Pond Woods (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and cut back invasive shrubs.

Apr. 12: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the AADL Traverwood Branch parking lot, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) to help improve the trails by removing garlic mustard, trimming back the overgrowth, and spreading wood chips, and Onder Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other invasive plants.

Apr. 19: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove garlic mustard and spread woodchips on the trails. Bring a plastic sled to help with the woodchip hauling.

Apr. 26: Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs, or Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help plant native shrubs, and Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and other invasive species.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride.": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Yoga Workshop with Bobby Clennell: The Yoga Spce.

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Bobby Clennell has been a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar for over 40 years and is a senior teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. She is the author and illustrator of two books,The Woman's Yoga Book and Watch Me Do Yoga. Bobby's teaching style is strong, energetic, precise and kind. For more information about Bobby: www.bobbyclennell.com.
According to yogic principles, everything in the universe, including our body, is made up of five subtle elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether (space). Our own beings also comprise five "sheaths" or kosas;Annamaya Kosa, Pranamaya Kosa, Manomaya Kosa,Vijnanamaya Kosa and Anandamaya Kosa. In this workshop, via a variety of asana and pranayama, we will explore and bring into balance our own unique expression of these forces.We will also learn where the kosas and elements meet and how these intersections inform our practice. Pre-registration required. Saturday morning & afternoon, Sunday morning & afternoon
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr. #1. $45 2/hr class. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Navigating the Health Care System": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Talks by Community Health Advocate Jennifer Green and registered nurse Michaela Brennan.
10 a.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, Suite C, 2401 Plymouth Rd. (Access from the east side of the building.) Free. 994-4473. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Knap-In": Michigan Flintknappers.

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Michigan artisans demonstrate the ancient art of chipping razor-sharp tools from stone. Also, members of the Great Lakes Primitives demonstrate various stone-age technologies. Also, a chance to use an atlatl, the prehistoric spear thrower, and a woods walk archery shoot. Pancake breakfast, hot dogs, & hamburgers available.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Rod & Gun Club, 7103 Lingane Rd. (south off Waterloo Rd., west of Chelsea). Free. (810) 231-2314. [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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Mature Singles: First Presbyterian Church.

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Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.

May 4: "Worshipping God with Hands," a participatory presentation by First Presbyterian resident minister Kristin Riegel on the religious use of art, music, and dance.

May 11: "Jesus the Refugee," a talk by resident minister Lal Rodawla on the conditions of refugees around the world.

May 18: Showing of volume 5 of The Long Search, Ronald Eyre's 1977 BBC film series on world religions. In this episode, he visits Egypt to explore the experience of Islamic worship.

May 25: All invited for conversation.

June 1: First Singles member Marcy Toon reviews Happiness in a Storm, Wendy Schlessel Harpham's self-help book based on her experiences as a survivor of chronic lymphoma.

June 8: Church's BBQ picnic on the Church grounds. Reservations required.

June 15: Marcy Toon reviews Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, retired U-M Law Library director Margaret Leary's book about the problems that jeopardized Cook's 1930 gift that financed the U-M law quad.

June 22: Screening of Art of Faith, a DVD documentary exploring outstanding examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

June 29: Marcy Toon discusses the chapters on Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, and Beth Moore in Were It Not for Grace: Stories from Women after God's Own Heart, Leslie Montgomery's collection of essay about 12 high-profile contemporary women.

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11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Apr. 4, 6, 13, & 27. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. Apr. 4: Opening day with live music. Apr. 6: "Beads and Metal and Color, Oh My!" Apr. 13: "Fiber Takes a Dozen Faces." Apr. 27: "The Mind's Eye Made Visible."
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [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-3 p.m.  Free! 

Critter House Open Hours: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sun. All invited to watch frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes. LSNC animals include both species native to the region and exotic animals that have been donated.
Noon-3 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m. 

"42nd Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M Native American Student Association.

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Apr. 5 & 6. See review. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. The big attractions are drum and dance contests in a variety of styles by children and adults accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries at noon & 6 p.m. on Apr. 5 and at noon only on Apr. 6. Also, display and sale of traditional crafts and food. Also, nationally known Native American fashion designer Jessica Metcalfe, a member of the Turtle Mountain (ND) Band of Chippewa Indians, presents a show of her work.
10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Apr. 6) & 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Apr. 7), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple.. Daily admission: $12 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids ages 6-12, $7) per day & $17 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $12; kids ages 6-12, $9) weekend pass in advance and at the door. Kids 5 & under, free. Group rates available. 408-1581. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Physicspalooza!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 5 & 6. Museum staff give family-friendly physics demos.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Apr. 5) & noon-4 p.m. (Apr. 6), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Quakers: Who Are We?": Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.

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Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Quakers) Seekers Session. Introductory session open anyone to desiring to learn about Quakers. Attend any or all three sessions. 1-2 p.m. (following 11-12 meeting for worship) Quaker House, 1416 Hill St., Ann Arbor (734) 709-8748 for more information. Childcare will be provided. Topic: Presentation and discussion with Ann Arbor Friends Meeting members about the historical roots of Quaker practice, the variety of Quakerism throughout the world today, and how we practice our Quaker values.
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Quaker House, 1416 Hill Street. Free. (734) 709-8748. kevinfmiller@gmail.com www.annarborfriends.org [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Gemini: The Ark.

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Family concert by this popular acoustic duo that has built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area. Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments. They are joined by San's 18-year-old daughter Emily on violin and vocals.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

League of Legends: Library Edition: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults & teens in grade 6 & up invited to compete in a tournament playing this popular video game that blends roleplaying and strategy.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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 Baseball vs. Minnesota.

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Apr. 4-6 4-game series with a Sat. doubleheaders.
4 p.m. (Apr. 4), 2 p.m. (Apr. 5), & 1 p.m. (Apr. 6), Ray Fisher Stadium. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 1 p.m. 

U-M Softball vs. Ohio State.

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Apr. 4-6.
6 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sat.), Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.
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 1 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Ypsilanti Youth Theatre.

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Apr. 4-6. Young local actors perform Shakespeare's comic fantasia, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortals ensnared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (Apr. 4 & 5) & 1 p.m. (Apr. 5 & 6), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (kids age 11 & under and seniors, $6). www.ypsiyouththeatre.org, 985-1989. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

"Comic Artists Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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L.A.-based comic artist Joshua Hauke, creator of the popular Tales of the Brothers Three webcomic, discusses how he got his start turning his family into the stars of his own comic. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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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 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Apr. 5, 6, 26, & 27. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Apr. 5 & 6: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Apr. 26 & 27: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
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., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

The Little Star That Could (Sat. and Apr. 7-11, 12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.

MarsQuest (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it.

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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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 1:30 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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Hike to the Highest Hill": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike that involves some bushwhacking and a somewhat steep climb. Not appropriate for younger children.
2-4 p.m., Sharon Short Hills Preserve, Hashley Rd., from I-94 take M-52 south to Grass Lake Rd. west, Sharon Twp.
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 2-3 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. 

The Wizard of Oz: The Pinckney Players.

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We're off to see the wizard - A show for the whole family!
Join the Pinckney Players are heading over the rainbow April 5 - 13, 2014
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
This timeless classic story of Dorothy and her trip to Oz will be brought to life once again on the beautiful Jane Tasch Theatre stage.
The Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater, 2100 M-36, Pinckney. $14 Adults $12 kids & Seniors. 810-923-7705. Lynnwilde@hotmail.com http://www.pinckneyplayers.com [map]
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 2-4:30 p.m. 

Yoga Workshop with Bobby Clennell: The Yoga Spce.

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Bobby Clennell has been a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar for over 40 years and is a senior teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. She is the author and illustrator of two books,The Woman's Yoga Book and Watch Me Do Yoga. Bobby's teaching style is strong, energetic, precise and kind. For more information about Bobby: www.bobbyclennell.com.
According to yogic principles, everything in the universe, including our body, is made up of five subtle elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether (space). Our own beings also comprise five "sheaths" or kosas;Annamaya Kosa, Pranamaya Kosa, Manomaya Kosa,Vijnanamaya Kosa and Anandamaya Kosa. In this workshop, via a variety of asana and pranayama, we will explore and bring into balance our own unique expression of these forces.We will also learn where the kosas and elements meet and how these intersections inform our practice. Pre-registration required. Saturday morning & afternoon, Sunday morning & afternoon
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr. #1. $45 2/hr class. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com yogaspaceannarbor.com [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 p.m. 

"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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: April Showers and Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [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 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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 2-5 p.m. 

"Orchid Growing": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Local orchid growers demonstrate repotting and dividing orchids, as well as pest and disease control, watering, fertilizing, and other aspects of orchid growing. Also, orchid and supplies sale, show and tell, and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. Metered parking. 647-7600, annarbororchids@aol.com. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"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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 2 p.m. 

"To Kill a Mockingbird": EMU Theater Department.

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EMU theater instructor Meriah Sage directs EMU drama students in Christopher Sergel's 1990 stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a lawyer in a small Depression-era southern town who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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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 p.m.  Free! 

University and Campus Bands: U-M School of Music.

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These ensembles of nonmusic majors perform works from several different musical periods and cultures.
3 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Best Bike Rides Detroit and Ann Arbor: Great Recreation Rides in Southeast Michigan": Nicola's Books.

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Local writer Rob Pulcifer discusses his new book that details 40 recreation rides between 5 and 35 miles. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Dynamite DNA": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. Participants extract DNA from a whole banana. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
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 p.m. 

"Her Highness the Prince": Comic Opera Guild.

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Apr. 5 & 6. COG cofounder Tom Petiet directs this veteran local company in his original musical comedy, with music by Offenbach, a hilarious spoof of gender conventions set in a remote kingdom, where a young man, raised as a girl, and a young girl, raised as a boy, meet and fall in love. The work is adapted from Offenbach's opéra bouffe L'Ile de Tulipatan, and the music is also drawn from 8 other Offenbach operettas. This production features fully staged principals, along with dancers and a backup chorus. Stars coloratura soprano Kiersten Birondo, tenor Aaron McCoy-Jacobs, and Hillsdale College adjunct voice professor Cynthian Knight, along with COG veterans Jeffrey Willets and Pat & Tom Petiet.
8 p.m. (Apr. 5) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 6), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $20 (seniors, $17; WCC students, faculty, & staff, free) in advance at comicoperaguild.org and at the door. 973-3264. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Singing the Psalms": First United Methodist Church.

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Ann Marie Koukios directs the FUMC Chancel Choir and the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, accompanied by the Michigan Sinfonietta, in a program of settings of the psalms in a variety of styles, historical periods, and cultures, including some that incorporate congregational participation. The program concludes with Bernstein's famous Chichester Psalms for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. $15 suggested donation. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

8th Annual FestiFools.

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A gigantic public art parade down Main Street featuring magnificent, huge, bizarre, papier-m-é puppets. This year's theme is "WishFool Thinking." To participate, email wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com.
4-5 p.m., Main between William and Washington. Free. wonderfoolproductions.org, 763-7550.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

University Choir: Concordia University.

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Brian Altevogt directs students in sacred and secular works TBA.
4 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ein Deutsches Requiem": EMU Music Department Combined Choir Concert.

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Beth Everett conducts 2 music student choirs, the Chamber Choir and University Choir, and 2 EMU voice professors, soprano MeeAe Nam and baritone Robert Peavler, in Brahms' beloved choral masterpiece.
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0280.
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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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 6:45 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 p.m. 

Looking for Astronauts: The Yellow Barn.

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Fort Wayne indie rock band.
7 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival": U-M Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventures.

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The best mountain and outdoor adventure films from the 2013 edition of the famous 3-day festival held every November in Banff, Alberta.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (students, $12) in advance at ticketweb.com, $17 (students, $15) at the door. 764-3967, 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Love, Loss, and Light": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music for Meditation.

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Debut performance by The Pakasa Trio, the EMU music faculty ensemble of clarinetist Sandra Jackson, cellist Kate Blaha, and pianist Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. The program includes Brahms' Trio in A minor, Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Piano and Cello, and the young American composer Carson Cooman's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
7:15 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 662-4466.
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 7:30 p.m. 

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band: The Ark.

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Traditional American music by an ensemble led by the duo of fiddler Ungar and guitarist Mason, best known from their frequent guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Their repertoire includes a wide range of traditional and vintage American songs, along with many striking originals cut from traditional cloth. Ungar is best known for his "Ashokan Farewell," the haunting theme from the Grammy-winning soundtrack to Ken Burns's The Civil War. Their 1997 debut, A Lover's Waltz, tells the story of a courtship and marriage through original songs mixed with an Irish air, a Cajun two-step, and a Fats Waller tune. Other members of the band are Jay's daughter, fiddler Ruth Ungar, and Ruth's husband, banjoist Mike Merenda-both members of the Boston folk string trio the Mammals.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Jazz Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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The Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Creative Arts Orchestra, the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, faculty ensembles, and other music student jazz combos perform works by U-M students, faculty, and others.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $16 (students with ID, $10) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (Oct. 12, 19, & 26 and Nov.) and Michigan League Ballroom (Sept. 28 & Oct. 5). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com. [map]
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