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Friday, April 11, 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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 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.-6:30 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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 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.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Pippin Puppets Presents: Bunny Funnies!: Dexter District Library.

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There's plenty of laughter and audience participation for children of all ages. Join the fun with a crazy bunny adventure presented by professional puppeteer Robert Papineau. Refreshments will be served following the performance.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [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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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Adventures in Videoland: The Fun and Trouble of Researching Small-Town Video Stores": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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U-M film professor Daniel Herbert discusses his new book, Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store. Signing & book sales.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

"Women in Non-Traditional Careers: Construction Technology": Washtenaw Community College.

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Learn about exciting careers in Construction Technology from professionals in the field. Join us for a panel discussion, lunch, and engaging activities highlighting the fields of sustainable building, construction management, and residential and commercial construction. High school students, teachers, counselors, and parents are encouraged to attend this free event.
Washtenaw Community College Campus, Henry Landau Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (734) 973-3730. ebrundage@wccnet.edu http://www.wccnet.edu/ [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Women in Non-Traditional Careers: Construction Technology: Washtenaw Community College.

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Learn about exciting careers in Construction Technology from professionals in the field. Join us for a panel discussion, lunch, and engaging activities highlighting the fields of sustainable building, construction management, and residential and commercial construction. High school students, teachers, counselors, and parents are encouraged to attend this free event.
Washtenaw Community College Campus, Henry Landau Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (734) 973-3730. ebrundage@wccnet.edu http://www.wccnet.edu/ [map]
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 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Lunchtime Tour: UMMA.

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UMMA staff and student docents give a 30-minute tour based on a theme in the museum's collection.
12:15-12:45 p.m., meet at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 12:30, 2:30, & 6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about aerial, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this 1.5 hour semi-private aerial sampler! With a maximum class size of four students per instructor, participants will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze, as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. except July 4 & 25 A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

May 23: Gifted Hands: Ben Carson (Thomas Carter, 2009). Biopic about the renowned African American neurosurgeon.

May 30: Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944). Hilarious adaptation of Joseph Kesselring's stage comedy. Cary Grant.

June 6: 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957). Suspenseful drama about a jury as it deliberates its verdict in a murder trial. Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb.

June 13: Hachi: A Dog's Tale (Lasse" Hallström, 2009). Drama about a college professor's bond with an abandoned dog he talks home. Richard Gere.

June 20: The Big Year (David Frankel, 2011). Comedy about 3 birders who try to set the world record by holding a year-long bird-spotting competition. Stave Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson.

June 27: Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and her subsequent relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.

July 11: Gifted Hands: Ben Carson(Thomas Carter, 2009). Biopic about the renowned African American neurosurgeon, a Detroit native and U-M Medical School grad who has pioneered recent advances in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors and facial deformities.

July 18: The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013). Imaginatively ebullient action-movie adaptation of the vintage radio and TV western. Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner.

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12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
12:30-1:30 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Outing for Kids": Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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A GAGP environmental educator leads kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent, on an educational hike. Bring any snacks or drinks you may need.
3 p.m., Berkshire Creek Nature Area, Asher Rd. west off Huron Pkwy. Free. 369-8248.
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sex, Race, and Sciences of Human Behavior": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talk by Stanford University philosophy professor Helen Longino.
3 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (tentative; seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids age 12 & under, $6). 944-7790. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Body/Nobody: Reflections by the Artist on Her Work": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by well-known Indian artist Mithu Sen, whose work combines eroticism, grotesquerie, and exquisite beauty to explore and critique gender stereotypes, modes of self-representation, and various forms of decorum.
4 p.m., 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Cinema: The Tradition and the New Trend": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Talk by University of South Carolina comparative theatre professor Tan Ye.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room. Free. 936-6099. [map]
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 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Beer & wine available for donation. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7:30 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church (3 miles north of Ann Arbor). $9 (seniors, $8; children 5-11, $6; children 4 & under, free). oldstpatrick-annarbor.com 662-8141. [map]
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 5-7:30 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Mar. 5 & every Fri. Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried cod, baked tilapia, homemade mac & cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and beverages. Fish sticks and grilled cheese available for kids. Homemade clam chowder & desserts ($2 each).
5-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids age 6-11, $5; kids age 5 & under, free). 769-2550. [map]
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 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 475-7561. [map]
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 5-8 p.m. 

"Fun Friday": U-M Natural History Museum.

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With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium shows Larry Cat in Space (5:30 p.m.), a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, and Star Talk (6:30 & 7:30 p.m.), an exploration of what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Steve Jenkins & Robin Page's What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, and a 30-minute dinosaur tour (7 p.m.). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited for each event.
5-8 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
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 5:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri. in March & Apr. 11. Concerts by AGO members and their students.
5:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]
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 5:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Concert by AGO members and their students.
5:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Restorative Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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Yoga can be used to help rest, restore and rejuvenate yourself. The poses done in this class help you learn about underlying tension and stress so that you can begin to let go. Many of the poses are done in a supportive manner (lying over a bolster to help open the chest for instance). At the end of class you should feel quiet, rested and recovered from the work week and ready for the weekend. For students with at least a session of Iyengar yoga. Please pre-register.
The Yoga Sapce, 180 Little Lake Dr #1, 48103. $20. 734-622-9600. yogasue@mac.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

U-M Softball vs. MSU.

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6 p.m., Alumni Field (behind Ray Fisher Stadium), 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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 6-9 p.m. 

"Kidz Night Out in Ann Arbor": Bricks 4 Kidz.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited for a variety of craft activities, games, challenges, and open play using motorized Lego sets. Also, a Lego-themed movie. Pizza, dessert, juice & water.
6-9 p.m., Bricks 4 Kidz, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $30 ($25 for siblings). 719-0303. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dan Albergotti: Literati Bookstore.

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This South Carolina poet reads from his work. "Albergotti is a poet of deep conviction … a genuine seeker, a man on a spiritual quest, a stubborn questioner, and his poems are infused with the sense that the earth itself is sacred," says poet Edward Hirsch. His forthcoming collection, Millennial Teeth, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition (selected by poet Rodney Jones). Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Marion Dane Bauer and Coe Booth: Nicola's Books/Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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These two award-winning children's and young adult writers read from their work. Signing. Part of "VCFA Day" (see bit.ly/O6Pt4k for details).
7-8:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]
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 7 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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 7 p.m. 

"2nd Annual Dreamcast Fundraiser": Performance Network.

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Several Performance Network actors each perform a monologue or song from a theatrical role they always wanted to perform, and the costuming and/or staging grows more elaborate during the course of their performance as audience members raise their paddles to make a donation. Complimentary cocktails from the Ravens Club.
7 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $75 in advance at performancenetwork.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 7 & 11 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. 

"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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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

King of Prussia, Case Conrad, and The Hungry Sea: The Yellow Barn.

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Triple bill. King of Prussia is an Athens (GA) indie pop-folk band that's been compared to Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub. Case Conrad is a Swedish pop-rock band. The Hungry Sea is a local guitar-driven quartet that plays what it calls "melodic roots rock with a lo-fi growl."
7:30 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

OLO Discussion: Older Lesbians Organizing.

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The discussion on Friday, April 11 will be on climate change, facilitated by Jane. This is an informal discussion. All lesbians who self-identify as "older" are welcome. We will meet at the Jim Toy Center in Kerrytown at 7:30pm. Just show up if you are interested, no registration needed. We do pass the hat for the benefit of the Jim Toy Center.
Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Court. Donation. Carol @517.789.8089 or Mary Lou @ 734.677.8696. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Spring Concert: U-M Dicks & Janes.

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This coed a cappella ensemble celebrates the release of its new album Flying Bicycles with a program of pop songs, including Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean a Thing," Fleet Foxes' "The Plains/Bitter Dancer," Lorde's "Royals," and others.
7:30 p.m., MLB Auditorium 3, 812 E. Washington. Tickets $5 in advance; $8 at the door. dicksandjanes@umich.edu. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants: First Presbyterian Church.

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This official U.S. Air Force chorus, which is in town as part of the U.S. Air Force Band (see April 9 listing) performs a program that includes works by American composers, along with pieces showcasing Celtic Aire, the chorus's Celtic ensemble. The program concludes with a patriotic favorite.
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"George Shirley Birthday Bash Concert": U-M School of Music.

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Alumni of U-M voice professor emeritus Shirley's legendary studio perform tributes to Shirley in honor of his birthday.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Les Nuits d'été à Pausilippe (Summer Nights at Posillipo)": EMU Music Department.

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EMU music students perform their fully staged adaptation, with dialogue and plots, of Donizetti's chamber work, a set of 12 arias and duets.
7:30 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1008.
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Live music by Debbie Jackson, Susan Lazar, and Susie Lorand. Caller TBA. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. ffuerst@juno.com, (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

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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 8 p.m. 

Miles Brown's Middle Game: Canterbury House.

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Improvisations and originals by this ensemble led by bassist Brown. With saxophonist Andrew Bishop, trumpeter Kris Johnson, pianist Mike Jellick, and drummer Jesse Kramer.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10. 665-0606. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

PigPen Theatre Co: The Ark.

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NYC-based ensemble of musicians, actors and storytellers that has released a widely acclaimed old-timey pop-folk CD, Bremen. The group has also produced several acclaimed off-Broadway plays, including the NYC Fringe Festival's top play 2 years in a row. Opening act is The Spring Standards, a trio of NYC singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that plays country-flavored pop-rock with lots of ringing 3-part vocal harmonies.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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 8 & 9:30 p.m. 

Susan Chastain: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local jazz vocalist is joined by bassist Paul Keller and pianist Phil DeGreg in a program of jazz music to celebrate her birthday. Cash bar.
8 & 9:30 p.m., 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Symphony Band: U-M School of Music.

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This music student ensemble is joined by the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet and the Moanin' Frogs Saxophone Ensemble in a program highlighted by a tribute to U-M saxophone professor Sinta. The program also includes Lindroth's Spin Cycle, Bach's Fervent Is My Longing and Fugue in G minor, Michael Daugherty's Raise the Roof with timpani soloist Arlo Shultis, and the Suite from On the Waterfront. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program by conductor Michael Haithcock and friends.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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U-M Graduate Opera Studio Workshop.

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Apr. 9 & 11. Kay Castaldo and Timothy Cheek direct U-M opera grad students in staged scenes and arias from various operas.
8 p.m., U-M School of Music McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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"Comedy Improv Mixer": Emergent Arts.

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Apr. 11, 12, 18, & 19. Area improv troupes perform scenes, games, and monologues inspired by audience suggestions. Troupes include Harem of Harlem and Gun Shot (Apr. 11), Handsome Babies and Jet Ski Wedding (Apr. 12), Hexagonal Knife Fight and No Country for Carl Sagan (Apr. 18), and One Quarter Bruce (Apr. 19).
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $8 in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [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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"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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"Red Volcanoes, Emerald Isles, and Blue Horizons: Gamelan Concert": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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The U-M Gamelan ensemble performs Ladrang Ayun-Ayun-a work that includes a dance depicting a young woman getting ready to meet her lover-and Ladrang Bubaran, a work that marks the end of events. The program also includes some works for tin whistle, Irish fiddle, and jazz drum. With dancer Theresa Rohlck. The gamelan is an assembly of 50 gongs and metallophones, drums, strings, flutes, xylophone, and singers.
8 p.m., U-M Ross School of Business Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher. Free. 764-0352. [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 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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"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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Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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