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Sunday, April 13, 2014






 
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 8 a.m. 

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

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

Fight It! 5k and Fun Run: University of Michigan Triathlon Club.

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Michigan Triathlon's first charity race! A team member's mom passed away from acute myeloid leukemia on January 16th. The purpose of this race is to raise money and awareness to fight blood cancer. 80% percent of the profits will be donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to help find a cure. Please come and support our cause.
The 1 mile 12-and-under fun run begins from the center of the Diag at 8:15 am and the 5k starts from the same location at 9 am.
Course Description:
The 1 mile fun run will be two loops around the Michigan Diag. The course will be visible from the center of the diag so parents can watch their children do the race. Volunteers will be stationed at every turn and along the straight portions for direction and high fives!
Fight it! 5k is a run around Michigan's beautiful campus that starts and ends on the diag. The course runs through campus then into the Diag for the finish! The whole race will be run on the sidewalk.
University of Michigan Diag, State St and N. University. $10-$25. racedirectoruofm@gmail.com http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=19456
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 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Handcraft Sale: Sales Exchange Refugee Rehabilitation Volunteers.

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Apr. 12 & 13. A wide variety of handcrafted items by Third World artisans. SERRV is an ecumenical nonprofit marketing organization designed to provide a major alternative sales outlet for artisans in economically developing areas of the world. Includes jewelry, carved wood & ceramic animals, creches, baskets, boxes, desk accessories, scarves, dolls, silver and brass items.
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church (use back entrance), 1501 W. Liberty. Free admission. 663-0362. [map]
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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.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Apr. 12 & 13. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from Americana to Art Deco. Deliveries available. Concessions. No pets.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). 662-0496, ext. 207. [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-2 p.m. 

Easter Egg Scramble: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Easter Egg hunt for kids age 12 & under. Also, a visit from Farmer John with his farm animals for kids to pet and a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny.
Noon-2 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $4 in advance, $6 at the gate. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Seekers Session: Attender to Member": 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. 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: How and why do people join a Quaker Meeting? Quaker Meetings for Worship include both members and nonmembers of the Religious Society of Friends. Membership is not required in order to participate in meeting life, and some people are comfortable as non-members. In this Seekers Session we will hear from Friends about their individual experiences of becoming members of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
Quaker House, 1416 Hill Street. Free. (734) 709-8748. kevinfmiller@gmail.com www.annarborfriends.org [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Annual Tuber Sale: Michigan Dahlia Association.

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Sale of hundreds of dahlia flower tubers. Also, handouts for new growers and screening of the DVD You Too Can Grow Beautiful Dahlias.
1-3:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 429-5796. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Video game tournaments.

Apr. 12: Mario Kart. For all ages,.

Apr. 13): Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.

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1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 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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 1-4 p.m. 

U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 764-3482. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 12 & 13. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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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 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Sasha's Balalaika Show": Ann Arbor Senior Center Cultural Arts Series.

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Former Temple Beth El (Flint) cantor Aleksandr "Sasha" Chernyak, leader of a popular Russian folk ensemble in the Soviet Union before emigrating to Ammerica, performs Russian folk music on traditional instruments like the balalaika and zhalejka (hornpipe).
1-2:30 p.m., AASC, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). Preregistration recommended. 794-6250. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Sasha's Balalaika Show": Ann Arbor Senior Center Cultural Arts Series.

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Former Temple Beth El (Flint) cantor Aleksandr "Sasha" Chernyak, leader of a popular Russian folk ensemble in the Soviet Union before emigrating to America, performs Russian folk music on traditional instruments like the balalaika and zhalejka (hornpipe).
1-2:30 p.m., AASC, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). Preregistration recommended. 794-6250. [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 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! 

"Along the River Botany Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner. Wear boots.
2-4 p.m., Ervin-Stucki Preserve, park near the fence on the south sie of Austin Rd., west off Michigan Ave. south of Saline at Neal Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Exploring Early Attachment Experiences: The Impact on Our Significant Adult Relationships: Carole Kirby, lmsw.

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Discover how your early attachment to your primary caregivers impacted you and your attachment style in your primary love relationship, current or past significant relationships.
Everyone welcome, whether partnered or single. Free, but please pre-register at 424-2797 or carole777@aol.com or www.therapy4couples.com
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore Conference Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. 734-424-2797. carole777@aol.com www.therapy4couples.com [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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Note: The November sing has been moved to Nov. 2. All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
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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 & 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Residential College Director and Text Class.

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RC theater students present a program of short plays TBA.
2 & 7 p.m., RC Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4359. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"All about the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert about Thelonious Monk. With bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and guest pianist Rick Roe.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art": UMMA.

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Apr. 13 & 27 and May 4. See review. Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, architectural elements, photographs, and drawings by Islamic artists from tobacco heiress Duke's extensive collection.
2 p.m. (Apr. 13 & 27 & May 4) & 1 p.m. (May 4), UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 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. 

"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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 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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Jessica Dold & Isaac Droscha: First United Methodist Church Green Woo.

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Recital by Dold, a lyric soprano who has appeared around the country in several operatic roles and as a soprano soloist in oratorio performances, and baritone Droscha, a U-M music grad student whose repertoire includes both dramatic and comic roles, along with classic oratorio solos. Program TBA.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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"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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"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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"Why There Are No Wizards": Dreamland Theater.

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Apr. 11 and every Sun, Apr. 13-May 25. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents this original puppet show by Ryan Hughes in which local wizard shops have to close down because of competition from Wiz-Mart. The Apr. 11 performance is part of the opening reception for the new Dreamland exhibit Puppet.
8 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $5 (kids 3 & under, free) at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 3:30 p.m. 

"The French Connection": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a performance of music by French composers and with other French connections highlighted by a performance of Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto in A minor featuring EMU cello professor Robert Reed. Also, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Faure's Pavane, Bizet's L'Arlessienne suites nos. 1 & 2, and Gershwin's An American in Paris.
3:30 p.m. EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. $12 (seniors & kids under age 12, $6; family of up to 2 adults & 2 kids under age 12, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451.
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Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin: University Musical Society.

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See review. Founded in 1982 in East Berlin, this ensemble is regarded as one of the world's leading period chamber orchestras, known for its scrupulous adherence to the late Baroque style. "Every member is prepared to live the music to the full, and the result is a joy from start to finish," writes a Gramophone reviewer. Tonight's program is a chronological audio guide tracing the Bach family line, from Johann Sebastian's Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C major; to his oldest son Wilhelm Friedemann's Concerto in F minor; to Carl Philipp Emanuel's Sinfonia no. 5 in B minor and Concerto in E-flat major; to the youngest son Johann Christian's Symphony in G minor no. 6.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $14-$70, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Alumni Band: EMU Music Department.

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This ensemble of EMU music grads is joined by 2 ensembles of current music students, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Symphony, for a program TBA.
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1430.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Carmen Pelton & Martin Katz: U-M School of Music.

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Soprano Pelton and pianist Katz, both U-M music professors, perform songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Berg, Tchaikovsky, Lurye, and Sametz.
4 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Empire Brass: Concordia University.

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Popular annual performance by this renowned Boston University quintet-in-residence. "They simply have no competition when it comes to the beauty and clarity and accuracy and balance and interaction of their playing," says the Boston Globe. "The first phrase of any Empire Brass performance ... sends a thrill of pleasure through your nervous system."
4 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). 995-4612. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Cello/Flute/Composition Collaborative Recital": U-M School of Music.

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Students perform premieres of new works by U-M student composers who were part of Richard Aaron's cello studio and Amy Porter's flute studio.
4 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of Cooking Morels": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Area chef and morel hunter Ruth Mossock Johnston gives an illustrated talk about what to do with these prized local mushrooms.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to discuss 2 mysteries by Australian writers. Gary Disher's Blood Moon concerns a deputy inspector and his subordinate-turned-lover who work together to investigate the beating of a chaplain and the murder of a planning official. Kerry Greenwood's Blood and Circuses involves a flapper-era amateur sleuth who goes undercover as a circus performer to solve a murder.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"If You Could Be Mine": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Sara Farizan's novel about two Iranian girls who risk beatings and imprisonment to express their love for each other.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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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 p.m.  Free! 

"Orpheus Descending": U-M Residential College.

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Apr. 12 & 13. RC drama instructor Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in Tennessee Williams' drama, an adaptation of the classical Greek myth, about a young musician who comes to a small southern town, where he draws the attentions of middle-aged woman with a dying husband. According to Williams himself, beneath the "familiar surface" of "the tale of a wild-spirited boy who wanders into a conventional community of the South and creates the commotion of a fox in a chicken coop," Orpheus Descending "is a play about unanswered questions that haunt the hearts of people and the difference between continuing to ask them…and the acceptance of prescribed answers that are not answers at all."
6 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free, but limited seating. Reservations recommended at 647-7600. Info: 647-4354. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Renaissance of Style: Art, Music, & Culture of the Harlem Renaissance": DT Promotions.

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"Renaissance of Style: A celebration of the art, music, and culture of the Harlem Renaissance" is Michigan's first fashion show set to a Harlem Renaissance theme.
Featuring Salon Kimistry, the evening will include men and women's fashions, hors d'oeuvres, a jazz trio featuring the smooth sounds of John Sargent, DJ Skoobe spinning live for the VIP reception, and award-winning poet Nate Marshall.
In celebration of Black History Month, tickets will be sold at a discounted rate for the entire month of February. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Details are below. We look forward to seeing you!
Hilton Garden Inn, 1401 Briarwood Cir Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $25. (734) 845-2477 / (734) 417-2178. dtpromotionsa2@gmail.com http://dtpromotionsa2.ticketleap.com/harlemstyle/ [map]
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"Renaissance of Style: Art, Music, & Culture of the Harlem Renaissance": DT Promotions.

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A show of men's and women's fashion. Hors d'oeuvres, a jazz trio, and a performance by award-winning poet Nate Marshall.
6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1401 Briarwood Cir. $25 in advance at dtpromotionsa2.ticketleap.com/harlemstyle/. dtpromotionsa2@gmail.com, 845-2477, 417-2178. [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.  Free! 

U-M Chamber Choir: SMTD@UMMA.

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Jerry Blackstone directs this student ensemble in premieres by 3 Michigan composers, including 2013 Brehm Prize winner Greg Simon, U-M alum Daniel Knaggs, and U-M music professor Kristin Kuster, whose work is a collaboration with local poet Megan Levad and is inspired by architectural elements.
7 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Game of Pops": Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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This playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, performs works TBA.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $8 (students, $5; kids in public schools and Ann Arbor day cares, free) in advance at ticketmaster.com. umuac.org/mpo, 668-8463. [map]
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"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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