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Wednesday, April 16, 2014






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Business Networking: Power Through Networking.

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Power Through Networking: Ann Arbor Abundance Group
Power Through Networking invites you to free business networking every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Sports Bar Westside in Ann Arbor. You will build relationships and friendships that will grow your business. We are unique, totally positive, and will help you and your business get to the next level! Our Mission is to help people get the contacts they need to advance their business and achieve their dreams, and to create a cooperative and abundance based business world.
We welcome everyone and do not restrict the number of seats per profession or business.
The Sports Bar Westside, 5510 Jackson Road 48103. Free. 734.646.4419. larnedp@gmail.com www.Facebook.com/PowerThroughNetworking [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

A Second Look at the Second Screen: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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The fact is, 75% of television viewers are engaged with a second screen at least once a month (according to Nielsen). Let's take a "second" to explore some interesting examples of what marketers are doing thanks to the rise of the second screen.
Note this is a make-up from the snowed out session in early February.
Jamie, currently president of SMZ Advertising, has over 20 years of successfully leading and directing brands. Make sure you join us on the 5th to hear this exciting talk!
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

A Second Look at the Second Screen: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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The fact is, 75% of television viewers are engaged with a second screen at least once a month (according to Nielsen). Let's take a "second" to explore some interesting examples of what marketers are doing thanks to the rise of the second screen.
Note this is a make-up from the snowed out session in early February.
Jamie Michelson, currently president of SMZ Advertising, has over 20 years of successfully leading and directing brands. Make sure you join us on the 5th to hear this exciting talk!
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Mar. 19: Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal on "Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 26: Local historian Susan Nenadic presents "Seeing the Elephants," a talk on the surprising roles of women in the Civil War-as soldiers and as spies.

Apr. 2: "The Melodies of the Mind," a talk by Local psychoanalyst and classical pianist Julie Jaffee on the similarities between music and psychoanalysis.

Apr. 9: Retired Ann Arbor Public Schools music teacher Dan Long discusses "Conductor Elizabeth A.H. Green: A Woman in a Man's World."

Apr. 16: Nawal Motawi presents an autobiographical talk on "The Story Behind Motawi Tileworks."

Apr. 23: "Motown on the Menominee," a talk by Ford Presidential Library audiovisual archivist Kenneth Hafeli on how Ford Motor Co. became an important presence in the UP.

Apr. 30: "Living the American Dream," a talk by linguist and Vietnam vet Paulo Juarez Pereira about his decision to leave his native Brazil and his circuitous journey to become an American citizen.

May 7 (postponed from March 12): U-M Stearns Collection acting curator Chris Dempsey and educational outreach coordinator Carol Stepanchuk discuss "The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U-M Treasure."

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Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

Book Club: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All ages invited to join a discussion of a book TBA.
12:30-2 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 769-5911. [map]
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 3 & 8 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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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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Apr. 15 & 16. All kids in grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Denim Day Art Exhibit: SafeHouse Center.

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Local organizations will decorate pairs of denim jeans to recognize Denim Day, which protests common and damaging myths about sexual assault. The denim art will be displayed at SafeHouse Center with light refreshments and a speaker at 6pm to talk about the history behind the meaning of Denim Day. Denim Day was inspired in 1998 after an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
SafeHouse Center Education Center, 4100 Clark Rd. Free. (734) 973-0242. www.safehousecenter.org [map]
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 5:30 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 5:30-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Meditations": Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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Apr. 16, 23, & 30. TBE cantor Annie Rose and St. Clare's music director John Goodell collaborate on musical programs TBA.
5:30-6:15 p.m., TBE/St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Flute Choir and Ensemble: EMU Music Department: EMU Music Department.

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Julie Stone directs these 2 music student ensembles in a program TBA.
6 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Easter Bunny Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Local farmers show off their bunnies, followed by a family-oriented Easter story time for kids ages 3-7.
6-7 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Unleashing the Power of Gratitude": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by U-M Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations trainer affiliate Mary Ceccanese. The program begins with networking and dinner.
6 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free (buy your own dinner). Reservations requested at abwa-maia.org by Apr. 10. 763-9041. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wolves, People, & Policy": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talk by U-M grad Joseph Bump, a Michigan Tech forest resources & environmental science professor who studies large carnivore ecology. Followed by discussion. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by free hors d'oeuvres.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Basic Flow Yoga.

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Playfully and Progressively balance your body and clear your mind with this energizing, moderate flowing mindful practice. 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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle".

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Science on Screen": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Film screenings followed by talks by U-M science professors and area scientists.

Apr. 16: Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989). Adaptation of Robert Harling's popular drama set in a home-based beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, celebrates the strength of 6 humorous and individualistic women who share light moments and pull together when tragedy strikes in the form of the death of one of them dies of complications from diabetes. Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine. Followed by a talk by a U-M research scientist on advances in diabetes research and treatment.

May 14: The Cutting Edge (Paul Michael Glaser, 1992). Drama about an unlikely ice skating duo-an injured former ice hockey star and a temperamental diva-preparing for the 1992 Olympics. Followed by a brief presentation by Kristen and Phil Schuyten, physical therapists specializing in performing arts rehabilitation, on the physics of ice skating and the science behind high-level athletic training. D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly.

June 18: Project: Ice (William Kleinert, 2013). Documentary about the geology of the Great Lakes, which were formed and filled and are often covered by ice. Followed by a talk by U-M geophysics professor Henry Pollack, a member of the Nobel-winning intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticketweb.com and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Channeled Spiritual Discussion Group: Deep Spring Center.

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All invited to share their spiritual and metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. Q&A. Also, socializing.
7-9:30 p.m., Deep Spring Center, 3820 Packard, suite 280. Free, but donations are accepted. 477-5848. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Feb. 18: Moanin' Frogs. Innovative U-M grad student saxophone ensemble that performs fox trots, rags, character pieces, and waltzes characteristic of early 20th Century burlesque and vaudeville shows, along with some originals and other works by modern composers.

Mar. 18: River Raisin Ragtime Revue Back Row. Dixieland jazz by this ensemble from the popular local ragtime band.

Apr. 16: Three Men and a Tenor. This high-energy a cappella quartet of MSU alums Chuck Colby, Mark Stiles, Paul Felch, and Glenn Williams (he's the tenor) performs everything from originals to Gregorian chant, barbershop, contemporary pop, and rap. This show is held at the Washington Street Education Center (500 Washington); tickets are not required, but donations accepted to help fund the 2014-1015 Kaleidoscope season.

May 20: James Dapogny Quartet. Vintage pop and jazz standards, along with lesser known tunes from the 1920s and 30s, by this local ensemble led by U-M music professor Dapogny, a renowned early-jazz pianist.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kristina Lugn: Literati Bookstore.

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Reading by this award-winning Swedish poet and playwright. Her works often treat loneliness, death, and midlife crises with irony, cynicism, and dark humor.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club April monthly meeting: Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club.

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The Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club will hold a regular monthly meeting Wednesday, April 16 at the R.E.I. Store meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. The time is 7 P.M. Come join us for fun, fitness and friendship. Visit Facebook.com/Washtenaw Wanderers or ava.org for more information.
R.E.I. Store meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, Mi. Free. vyodhes@yahoo.com [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Thousand Letters Home: One WWII Soldier's Story of War, Love and Life": Saline District Library.

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Northville writer Teresa K. Irish discusses her collection of her father's nearly 1,000 letters written during his 38 months of service in Europe in WWII. Signing.
7-8 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow": The Neutral Zone.

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Evening of LGBT/queer, feminist performances, highlighted by a performance by NYC-based poet (and Huron High grad) Angel Nafis.
7 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $5. 223-7443. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Playfest 2014": U-M Theatre Department.

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Apr. 14-19. A series of rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.

Apr. 14: Karly Thomas's delicious family drama Imbalanced.

Apr. 15: Drew Ariana's My Experimental Phase, a drama set in late 90s Manhattan, about a poetry-loving twentysomething who, after coming out as gay, experiences a whirlwind of changes in his life ranging from crumbling relationships to surprising new ones.

Apr. 16: Alex Madda's Quality of Life, a drama about a strong-willed girl stricken with the decision to choose between a crippling lifestyle and no life at all when an expected biopsy produces dark results.

Apr. 17: : Moe Koltun's I Deal World, a drama about an intelligent but naive aspiring college basketball player, arrested and charged with cocaine dealing, who must keep his dream of college alive despite his impending court case, abusive uncle, and abandoning mother.

Apr. 18: Clare Brennan's Darling, My Devoted, a drama about 2 couples in neighboring apartments who struggle with failing economies, family plans, and pestering friends as they navigate their way into adulthood.

Apr, 19: Stuart Richardson's Istanbul, of religion and the plasticity of identity set at an ambiable family dinner that quickly turns sour when a recently betrothed man reveals his wedding plans to his parents, and Milena Westarb's Everybody Needs Roses (7 p.m.), a drama about a young girl's self-discoveries as she tries to find her way back together after tragedy.

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7 p.m. (Apr. 14-19) & 3 p.m. (Apr. 19), Walgreen Drama Center Studio Two, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss William Weaver's Culinary Ephemera: An Illustrated History.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Living and Working with Seabirds in the Gulf of Maine": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by U-M Museum of Natural History avian specimen perparator Aspen Ellis about her summer internship with the National Audubon Society Project Puffin on islands off the coast of Maine.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tenebrae": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Deborah Friauff directs the St. Andrew's Adult Choir in the ancient funeral service for the crucified Messiah. The program features Psalms, lamentations, and other texts set to haunting plainchant and exquisite polyphony.
7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518.
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 7:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Stiff People.

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Unveil your inner Gumby! Allow your body to release and open safely and naturally. Aggressively stretching the body in unnatural levels of heat or without proper awareness invites injury. Enjoy patient deep release with appropriate modifications under the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. 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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Norman and John Pasquale conduct this music student ensemble in works that combine classical compositions, antique organ music, folk songs, and hymns to create modern compositions. Program: Brian Balmages's Fanfare Canzonique, Binkerd's Noble Numbers, Turrin's Illuminations: Concerto for Trombone with soloist David Jackson, McAllister's Gone, Maslanka's Symphony no. 9, and Denza and Goto's Finiculi, Finicula.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Simon Townshend: The Ark.

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The younger brother of The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, Simon is a rock singer-songwriter and guitarist with a brand-new CD, Denial.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. (contingent on availability of new location; updates at aacomedy.com). Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (through May 7) & 212 S. Fourth Ave. (beginning June 5). $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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