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Thursday, April 17, 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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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 2-May 28. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.

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 9:30 a.m. 

Pay What You Can Yoga.

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Pay What You Can Yoga Spirited Vinyasa Mondays 6:15pm-7:30 pm & Thursdays 9:30-10:45 am. In these classes you will use breath, movement and mindfulness to stoke your inner fire and cultivate strength that is free from tension. Find your peaceful power and fluid balance. As always, we are grateful for your support in any way it comes and you can use class cards for these classes. We are happy to make yoga available to those who might not otherwise be able to share with us. Bring a mug and enjoy a warm cup of tea in the fireplace room after class.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron Street. What You Can. 734-929-0274. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 9:30 a.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

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 11 a.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Salad Days": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to bring a salad reflecting the traditions of her home country. Nursery care provided for preschoolers. Refreshments.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 995-1645. [map]

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 3 & 7 p.m. 

"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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 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Circle: Ophir Crafts.

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Every Thursday evening, Ophir Crafts hosts a free drop-in crafting circle where knitters, crocheters, and other crafters can come to work on a project and meet other crafters. Bring your own project or buy one from Ophir Crafts. Coffee and Tea are provided. Knitting and crocheting experts are on hand to help with a few questions. More extensive coaching and private lessons are also available.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.Ophircrafts.com [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Environmental Law & Policy Program Lecture Series: Jedediah Purdy: University of Michigan Law School Environmental Law & Policy Program.

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Please join us for the final installment of this year's Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture series. Jedidiah Purdy, the Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University, will provide a preview of his next book, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. Professor Purdy is perhaps best known for his first book, For Common Things: Irony, Trust and Commitment in America Today, which he wrote at the tender age of 24. He "writes at the intersection of law and social and political thought" with a keen interest in our relationship to nature.
This lecture will be immediately followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.
This lecture is co-sponsored by CLOSUP, the Erb Institute, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Program in the Environment, the Energy Institute, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Risk Science Center.
For more information, visit law.umich.edu/elpp or email rickardj@umich.edu.
South Hall room 1225, 701 S. State Street. Free. rickardj@umich.edu law.umich.edu/elpp [map]

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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conversations on Europe": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Jan. 9: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki discusses "'With One Color, We Cannot See': Building Pluralism through Jewishness in Contemporary Poland."

Jan. 23: Georgetown University history professor Mustafa Aksakal discusses "A Global Islamic Revolution? The Jihad Declaration of November 1914 Reconsidered."

Feb. 20: Manhattan Community College political science professor Peter Bratis discusses "Civilization Gone Awry: Culture, Capitalism, and Conflict in Contemporary Europe."

Mar. 20: Indiana University history professor Michelle Moyd discusses "Centering a Sideshow: World War One in German East Africa as Local Experience."

Apr. 3: Binghamton University anthropology professor Douglas Holmes discusses "Public Currency: The Creation of a Monetary Regime."

Apr. 17: European University Institute visiting scholar Jean-Thomas Arrighi discusses "In Varietate Concordia? The Accommodation of National and Immigration-Induced Pluralism in 'Contemporary Europe.'"

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4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]

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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Books TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

A.M. Homes: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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See review. Fiction reading by this respected NYC-based author and Princeton creative writing professor whose 2012 novel, May We Be Forgiven, is a darkly comic yet tender exploration of second chances and personal transformation in the suburbs. The novel is "deeply imbued with the kind of It's a Wonderful Life-type belief in redemption that we Americans will always be suckers for, and rightly so" says an NPR reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]

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 5:30 p.m. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

40th Anniversary Celebration of Washtenaw Toastmasters: Washtenaw Toastmasters Club.

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This free event is for current and past members as well as community members interested in learning more about how we help people communicate with confidence and lead others. It will be held on April 17 from 7 pm - 9 pm and will feature light refreshments, fun activities, guest speakers and a drawing for a free 6-month membership.
WCC, Morris Lawrence Building, Room ML150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 7342721750. biyashi@gmail.com washtenawtoastmasters.org [map]

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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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

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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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.Discussions and activities.

Apr. 8 (7 p.m.): An English Gardens Garden Center representative discusses "Birds in the Garden."

May 9 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.): Garage Sale. Club fundraiser. Donated items accepted.

May 20 (6-8 p.m.): "Planting around the Depot Gardens." All invited to bring gardening tools to help club members plant flowers around the Chelsea Depot. Followed by pizza and socializing.

June 10 (7 p.m., location TBA): "Garden Tour in Pinckney." Tour of club member Carol Tribble garden. Preregistration required.

July 8 (7 p.m.): "Daylilies." Talk, followed by a tour of Along the Fence Daylilies (3035 Parman Rd., Danville).

Aug. 13 (7 p.m., location TBA): Tour of private garden at a residence on Cavanaugh Lake.

Sept. 10 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & planning meeting at the Chelsea Train Depot.

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Various times, Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 358-3851. For information on carpooling or to register for any of the tours, call Diane at 475-8091. 634-1954. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Stop Kiss": U-M Basement Arts.

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Apr. 17-19. Lindsay Wormser directs students in Diana Son's touching, critically acclaimed 1999 comic drama about shifting sexual identity. When 2 women--a New York City radio traffic announcer and a schoolteacher--fall in love in spite of themselves, their first tentative kiss provokes an act of violence that turns their worlds upside down.
7 p.m. (Apr. 17-19) & 11 p.m. (Apr. 18), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]

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 7:15 p.m. 

BollyFit® Class: BollyFit®.

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BollyFit® is a global wellness movement that draws together a richly diverse and inclusive community. Participants enjoy mindfulness in motion while embracing fitness, fun and illumination from within. Olympic Choreographer and BollyFit® Founder, Anuja Rajendra, choreographed Meryl Davis and Charlie White's "Indian Dance on Ice" from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for which they won a Silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics. Meryl and Charlie are now competing on this seasons Dancing With The Stars!
BollyFit® promotes holistic wellness and fitness through dance. BollyFit® embraces all backgrounds, ethnicities and ages to encourage health and wellness. We encourage people to bring out the self, the way they are in the core - active, alive and perfectly unique through the journey of life - without having to compare with or be anyone else.
BollyFit® event dance classes in Ann Arbor, Novi, Plymouth, Dexter, and more. Classes offer Garba, Rass, Bhangra, and more!
Various Locations. $99/8 weeks. info@bollyfit.com bollyfit.com

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 7:30 p.m. 

George Bedard's Blues Project: Music Under the Arch.

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Band led by local guitar wiz Bedard, who has a new live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." With pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, drummer Rich Dishman, and bassist Pat Prouty. Opening act is local singer-songwriter Samantha West. Snacks & beverages.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance only at musicunderthearch.com. 787-1428. [map]

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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Archaeological Society.

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U-M anthropology grad student Chelsea Fisher discusses diverse food production strategies that allowed the Maya in ancient northern Yucatan to thrive despite bad agricultural conditions.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. (810) 231-1474.

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 7:30 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Apr. 17-20. U-M theater professor Catherine Walker Adams directs musical theater students in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20 & $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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 8 p.m. 

Dmitri Matheny Group: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Matheny-a flugelhornist celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism, and masterful technique-leads this jazz ensemble in "Jazz Noir," a program of familiar themes from film noir, crime dramas, and spy thrillers, as well as new works and jazz classics. With tenor saxophonist Marcus Elliot, pianist Corey Kendrick, bassist Tom Knific, and drummer Sean Dobbins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Dmitri Matheny Group JAZZ NOIR: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Dmitri Matheny Group at Kerrytown Concert House
Flugelhornist brings Jazz Noir to Ann Arbor April 17
"Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops,
but it's his warmth and soulfulness that win you over." -All Music Guide
Don your fedora, grab your femme fatale and step into the shadowy world of Jazz Noir on Thursday, April 17, as the Kerrytown Concert House hosts jazzman Dmitri Matheny and his all-star band for an evening of world-class jazz.
Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione" (San Jose Mercury News). Matheny is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the Berklee College of Music, Boston. First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players" (SF Chronicle).
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue. $5 - $30. 734-769-2999. kch@kerrytown.com www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Dustbowl Revival: The Ark.

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Venice (CA) Americana roots music collective whose music blends bluegrass, jug band music, and western swing.
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 p.m. 

Howie Day: The Ark.

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27-year-old folk-rock singer-songwriter from Bangor, Maine, known for his emotionally direct lyrics, melodic inventiveness, and lively, passionate vocals.
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. 

"Life Is a Dream": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Apr 17-20, 25, & 26 and May 2 & 3 (different locations). Isaac Ellis directs this local ensemble in his adaptation of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's 17th-century Spanish Baroque masterpiece, a philosophical allegory about the human condition. The action revolves around a fictional prince of Poland, who is imprisoned as an infant by his father, the king, in response to a dire astrological prophecy. When the king has a change of heart and frees his son, the prince goes on a rampage, and the king imprisons him again, persuading him that his short-lived freedom was all a dream. Jeff Miller, David Widmayer, Lauren Megan McCarthy, Joseph McDonald, Mouse Courtois, Stevert Davenport, Jessica Feathers, Cydney Heed, and Jenna Hinton.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center (Apr. 17-20), 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio (Apr. 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3), 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15 (students, $5) in advance via email to BTEreservations@gmail.com and at the door. 904-7049. [map]

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 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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 8:15 p.m. 

Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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Reduce stress and tension and regain peace, health, youthful vibrancy and mental alertness. Studies show that stress decreases immune function, reduces memory and mental acuity and accelerates the aging process. Set aside this time for yourself and enjoy pure, un-interrupted restful relaxation. This is the best investment you will make all week.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]

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