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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 10, 2014






 
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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.-noon 

CHI Challenge LEGO® camp: Bricks 4 Kidz.

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Let the legend be told, that in the land of Chima ® on the brave survive. Eight animal tribes battle in pursuit of CHI, the balance of life. Campers will have the opportunity to choose their tribe, while building and battling for victory. Put your Chima ® skills to the test throughout this camp, by racing Speedorz ® and building motorized models with LEGO ® Bricks. Does your tribe have what it takes to become the ultimate master of CHI? Your destiny awaits! Each child will go home with a custom mini-figure.
Dancer's Edge Dance Studio, 3045 Broad St, Dexter, MI 48130, Dexter. $150. (734)719-0303. lstevens@bricks4kidz.com www.bricks4kidz.com/michigan-annarbor-dexter/ [map]
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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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 9:30 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 a.m.-noon 

Spring Break Activities: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Apr. 7-11. For kids, accompanied by a parent. Apr. 7: "Is It Spring Yet?" A self-guided scavenger hunt to look for signs of spring. Activity sheets, magnifying lenses, and twig and bug detective guides provided. Apr. 8: "Windowsill Wonders," a chance to learn about windowsill gardens and the basics of seed starting, to decorate a clay pot, and to plant a few seeds that can be transplanted outdoors. Apr. 9: "What Grows in Your Yard?" A chance to learn about plants that are used as food around the world and determine which of those plants will grow successfully in Michigan. Apr. 10: "Sketchbook Detectives," a mystery game in which participants use clues to identify and sketch a plant that's gone missing from the conservatory. Apr. 11: "Fabulous Friday," a guided tour of the Matthaei trails and wetlands.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 (except Apr. 7, free); preregistration recommended. Metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tanner Lecture on Human Values: U-M Philosophy Department .

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Apr. 9: Lecture on "Overcoming the Weakness of the Will" by Columbia University psychology professor Walter Mischel, internationally known as the creator of the "Marshmallow Test," a celebrated experiment that opened the way for the modern scientific analysis of the cognitive mechanisms that enable self-control, illuminating the cognitive skills essential for "willpower."

Apr. 10: Harvard University economics professor David Laibson, U-M psychology and neuroscience professor John Jonides, and U-M psychiatry and philosophy professor Chandra Sripada join Mischel for a panel discussion on "Volition, Self-Control, and Public Policy." Moderator is U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross.

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4-6 p.m. (Apr. 9), Rackham Auditorium., & 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Room. Free. 764-6285. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Public-Private Partnerships: Does the Taxpayer Win or Lose?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Apr, 10-May 15. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Apr 10: EMU sociology professor Paul Leighton discusses "Unleashing the Profit Motive in Punishment and Rehabilitation: Prison Privatization in the U.S. & Japan." <

Apr. 17: The prominent attorney David Lick, a member of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, on "Public-Private Partnerships Practical Applications."

Apr 24: Mackinac Center for Public Policy Fiscal Policy Initiative director Michael LaFaive on "Public-Private Partnerships: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly."

May 1: U-M North Campus Research Complex executive director David Cantor on "Public-Private Partnerships on a University Campus: A Problem or a Solution?"

May 8: Republican Leadership Council member Joe Schwarz, an old-school moderate Republican who is a former Battle Creek mayor, Michigan state senator, and U.S. Congressman, on "How Public-Private Partnerships Can Work to Benefit Everyone."

May 15: Roland Zullo, a research scientist who has studies the privatization of public services since the mid-90s, on "Explaining Privatization Failure."

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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. 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 am 

Infant Massage and Attachment Class with Sierra Hillebrand: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Develop loving communication and attachment with your baby through the ancient art of infant massage.
During this 4-week class series, parents will have opportunities to:
Enhance communication and loving interaction with your baby.
Develop greater confidence in your ability to read and respond to your baby's cues.
Establish routines that reduce infant fussiness, enhance sleep, and facilitate relaxation for parents and babies.
Class meets Thursday mornings from 10:30 am - 11:45 am.
Fee: $110 for 4 class series.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [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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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Ballet Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Ballet Chelsea dancers perform excerpts from its upcoming production of Don Quixote (see Apr. 26 listing).
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Red Level Networks' Data Protection and Disater Recovery Seminar: Red Level Networks/Dell.

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Learn how the Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series storage solutions, along with VMware® vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere™, can help you address these challenges.
Discussion will include:
•Architecting a virtual environment that is resilient against failure and quickly recoverable from disasters
•Ensuring the highest levels of availability, fault tolerance and enabling rapid movement and recovery of resource pools
•Reducing the costs of complexity, burgeoning data growth, duplicate data and VM sprawl
Webers Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. Free. 248-412-8200. kbutcher@redlevelnetworks.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Sharon Yamato: U-M Margaret Waterman Alumnae Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.

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Talk by this Japanese American writer and filmmaker whose work focuses on the WWII internment camps. Born postwar, Yamato discovered later in life that her parents had been detained in a camp in Arizona.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom. $40 (members, free). 426-1577. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 2:30 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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 2-4:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Magic Show: Scheer Genius": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Veteran educational entertainer Doug Scheer presents a program blending magic, science, and humor for kids in grades K-5.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3:30-7 p.m. 

Robot Competition State Championship: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

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Apr. 10-12. Teams from 64 high schools bring their homemade robots, ranging from gangly Rube Goldberg contraptions to sleek predatory machines, to battle one another in contests culminating with the exciting finals on Saturday afternoon.
3:30-7 p.m. (Apr. 10), 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Apr. 11 & 12), EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Free. firstinmichigan.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! 

Inequality in America: Policy Talks @ the Ford School with Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor of the University of Madison-Wisconsin: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Citi Foundation.

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This talk will investigate the problem of rising economic inequality in the United States and the various options for addressing it. The unique history of the U.S. has meant that the U.S. political discussion has historically been unconcerned with income inequality; however, rising inequality during the past three decades is attracting increased attention and concern.
Rebecca M. Blank became chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2013. Blank's experience blends a knowledge of economics with a history of leading through innovation, and a background as an educator and researcher.
lank previously served as dean and professor of public policy and economics in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan from 1999 to 2008. In her role as dean, she launched such innovations as interdisciplinary graduate programs and an undergraduate public policy major.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington Street. Free. fspp-events@umich.edu. fspp-events@umich.edu http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/calendar/1754/ [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ancient and Modern Equality": U-M Classical Studies Department Jerome Lecture Series.

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A series of lectures by Italian Institute of Human Sciences Roman law professor Aldo Schiavone.

Apr. 8: "The Greek Invention of Democracy."

Apr. 10: "The Roman Invention of Law."

Apr. 15: "Economy and Inequality."

Apr. 17: "The Global View: New Problems and Old Answers."

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4 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-0362. [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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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gary Schmidt: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series Lamstein Lecture.

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Talk by this Michigan writer and two-time Newbery Award-winning children's author.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Adoptive Family Support Meeting and Adopted Youth Club: Post Adoption Resource Center.

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The Post Adoption Resource Center invites you to an Adoptive Family Support Meeting. Come have dinner with other families who have adopted. There is support for your kids too! Childcare is provided. After dinner we'll split into two separate discussion groups.
Share your challenges, ideas, and support and in exchange…Be supported by others!
PLEASE RSVP TO JENNIFER PEDLEY AT (734)794-2894 OR JENNIFER_PEDLEY@JUDSONCENTER.ORG.
Judson Center Washtenaw Regional Office, 3840 Packard Rd. Suite 110. Free. 734-794-2894. Jennifer_Pedley@judsoncenter.org www.parc-judson.org [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Deep in the Light.

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Deep in the Light. A showcase of abstract photography by Alvaro Alcaide.
Stone Arch Arts and Events, 117 S Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. (734) 678-4551. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Junk to Funk! Eco Fashion Show & Fashion Wars: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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The fashion runway will be lit up for the TCA's 3rd annual Eco-Fashion show featuring unique one of a kind fashions! And returning by huge popular demand, Fashion Wars! Watch as teams from area salons and spas work under deadline to create a unique fashion look and prepare their model for the TCA Junk to Funk competitive fashion runway.
A night of hot fashion, stylish runway models, fashion wars, auctions, food and wine!
Featuring the latest wearable art fashions.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance by phone, online, or in person. Tickets can also be purchased at the door starting 1 hour prior to event time.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $25. 517.423.6617. jgall@tecumseh.mi.us http://www.thetca.org/performances/events.htm [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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 6:30 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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 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sega Night": Ann Arbor District Library/Nerd Nite Ann Arbor.

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All adults invited to play classic Sega video games. Prizes; snacks.
6:30-9:30 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.  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. 

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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 7-9 p.m. 

"High Gravity Beer": Arbor Brewing Company Beer Tasting.

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A chance to sample and learn about some 2 dozen high-octane brews--higher-alcohol versions of pale ales that are sometimes referred to as old ales, stock ales, or winter warmers. Also, barley wines, scotch ales, Double IPAs, and Belgian ales. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 213-1393. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"It's All True": U-M Basement Arts.

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Apr. 10-12. Elliot Cruz directs students in Jason Sherman's wildly theatrical, often humorous drama about a youthful Orson Welles's fabled 1937 New York production of Marc Blitzstein's controversial pro-union musical, The Cradle Will Rock. Stripped of federal funding because of his show's left-wing bias, and embargoed by both the actors' and musicians' unions, Welles improvised, marching his company--and its audience--through the streets to another theater, where his cast, banned from the stage, performed the show from the house. Sherman's script interweaves this public story with scenes that reveal the assorted demons and ambitions, romantic histories and artistic rivalries, that fuel the principals' work in the theater.
7 p.m. (Apr. 10-12) & 11 p.m. (Apr. 11), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mike & Share": Bookbound.

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Reading by a poet TBA. The program begins with an open mike for poets.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Reel Roy Reviews, Vol. 1: Keeping it Real": Common Language Bookstore.

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Local movie enthusiast and reelroyreviews.com blogger Roy Sexton reads from his new book of film reviews and musings on films from his youth, such as Xanadu and The Wiz. Sexton is joined by some of his actor friends in readings and, possibly, performances of famous movie theme songs. Sexton also appears at Bookbound Apr. 26 (see listing).
7 p.m., Common Language, 317 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
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"The Foreigner": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr 10-May 4. Paul Hopper directs this local professional company in Larry Shue's witty Obie-winning farce about a shy Englishman who goes on a fishing vacation in rural Georgia and pretends to be from an exotic, unspecified foreign country and to speak no English. However, the locals all begin to confide in the mysterious stranger, unleashing a blackly hilarious series of events involving the devious local minister, his redneck associate, and even the Ku Klux Klan. Cast: Adrian Diffey, Fran Potasnik, Lori Pelham, Jess Alexander, Kathryn Mahard, Elliott Styles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Apr. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youth age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. Tickets are $6 less for Thurs. & all matinees. 268-6200. [map]
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"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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 7:30 p.m. 

Garnet Rogers and Archie Fisher: The Ark.

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Double bill. Rogers is a veteran Canadian folkie known for his resonant baritone and his poetic, emotionally potent original songs who accompanies himself on guitar, fiddle, flute, and synthesizer.Widely regarded as the finest contemporary traditional Scottish singer, Fisher is a 74-year-old singer-guitarist whose repertoire includes both Scottish folk songs and ballads and traditionally styled originals on contemporary themes. His 2008 CD, Windward Away, is a seasoned collection of introspective ballads evoking the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish Border country.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com),and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Formed in 1980, this Grammy Award-winning multi-guitar ensemble is renowned for its varied repertoire including bluegrass, classical, flamenco, new age, rock, and original compositions. The quartet includes John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant. Tonight's program includes arrangements of Praetorius' Dances from Terpsichore, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2, Horacio Salinas' La Fiesta de la Tirana, Baden Powell's Samba Novo, and Ian Krouse's Music in Four Sharps, as well as Kanengiser's Gongan, Gerald Garcia's Spring Snow, and Tennant and Simon Jeffes' Celtic Fare.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $22-$50, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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"Aloha Party": Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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All age 21 & over invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Hawaiian shirts encouraged.
7:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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"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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 8-9:30 p.m. 

Advance Directives: How to make them more effective: Merilynne Rush of After Death Home Care.

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It's been a year since our last advance directives party.
How is the conversation going with your family/advocate?
Are you getting your documents done, or are they sitting in a pile on your desk?
Is it all a confusing mess and do you need help?
Come join us for frank discussion about planning ahead for end-of-life, including:
• What the actual legal documents entail
• Tips on how to talk with your family/advocate
• Info about what works and what doesn't
• An opportunity to write your personal letter to go along with your forms
Join others around the country in this National Healthcare Decisions Day event!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $1 adv. purchase at Eventbrite.com. 734-395-9660. mrush@afterdeathhomecare.com www.afterdeathhomecare.com [map]
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Junghwa Lee: EMU Music Department.

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This Southern Illinois University piano professor performs a program TBA. New York Concert Review calls her "a pianist of acute intelligence, conviction…and passion."
8 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1008.
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Karen Rontowski: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 10-12. A regular on the popular Bob and Tom Show radio program, this stand-up comic from western Massachusetts is known for her casually hilarious blend of the commonplace and the absurd in tales about everything from going to the Laundromat to coping with an alligator in her apartment. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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Orpheus Singers: U-M School of Music.

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Jerry Blackstone and choral conducting grad students conduct this music student ensemble in Brahms' "Zigeunderlider," Rorem's "From an Unknown Past," and Shearing's "Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare."
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Student Wind Chamber Music Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by woodwind and brass students in trios, quartets, and quintets. Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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"From Separate Parts": U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 10-12. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance BFA candidates Lisa Chippi, Lynsey Colden, Ashley Manci, KT Maviglia, Samantha Parisi-Esteves, and Kelli Yapp.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). $7 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5460. [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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"The Gondoliers": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Apr. 10-13. Thomas Cilluffo directs this accomplished town-and-gown company in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1889 comic operetta about 2 handsome gondoliers whose romances with Venetian peasant girls are interrupted when a misunderstanding makes them kings for a day. Accidental bigamy, an arranged royal marriage, and switched-at-birth babies add twists to the lighthearted satire.
8 p.m. (Apr. 10-12) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 12 & 13), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $18; students with ID, $10) in advance at umgass.org, and at the door. (800) 838-3006. [map]
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"Urban Grooves": U-M Contemporary Directions Ensemble.

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Christopher James Lees conducts this music student ensemble in the premiere of David Hollinden's Boundary Conditions with percussion soloist (and U-M music professor) Joseph Gramley, the premiere of Scott McAllister's Grunge Concerto with oboe soloist (and U-M music professor) Nancy Ambrose King, Ted Hearne's But I Voted for Shirley Chisholm, Timo Andres's Crashing Through Fences, and others.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8:15 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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