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Calendar of Events

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. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Pay What You Can Yoga.

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

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Unfolding Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Beginner-friendly slow-paced ride, 10-15 miles, around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore the delights of local gardens, parks, and cafes.
10 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 971-5763, 663-5060. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 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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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Sept. 18: State of Wonder, Anne Patchett's novel about a pharmaceutical research scientist's search for her former mentor who disappeared developing a valuable new drug in the Amazon jungle.

Oct. 16: The Round House, Louise Erdrich's National Book Award-winning novel, set on a North Dakota reservation, about a teen who seeks to restore balance in his family by avenging an assault on his mother.

Nov. 20: The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield's suspenseful story about a woman who, after spending her life creating fictions about herself, hires a biographer whose own life is mysterious.

Jan. 15: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy's classic epic novel about an aristocratic woman who has a life-changing affair.

Feb. 19: Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriguez's warm-hearted, juicy memoir about her experience in Afghanistan, where she went to serve as a medical worker but, finding her skills as a former beautician in greater demand, instead managed to wangle a shipload of beauty products into Kabul and open a beauty shop.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

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

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

Apr. 15: "Economy and Inequality."

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

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4 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-0362. [map]
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 4-5:30 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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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:45-5:45 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Aerial Silks are an exciting and beautiful circus art involving two long fabric "ribbons" which a performer does tricks in. Also known as aerial dance, this art is a great way to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, spatial awareness, and confidence. Kids in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this series of after school classes designed specifically for young people. Younger people are welcome to observe a class to see if they're ready. No experience necessary!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Entrepreneur Event: New Enterprise Forum.

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New Enterprise Forum: Helping Entrepreneurs Prosper And Grow - details at: http://NewEnterpriseForum.org
Showcase Presenter: Training entrepreneurs in how to present to investors is what we do best. Learn what is important to communicate and what not to do. Ask questions, keep pace with technology and connect with resources by attending.
Panel Topic: With over a 25 year history of providing value to entrepreneurs, NEF continues to bring the most relevant topics to its Forum meetings that are important to entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Join us by participating and keep current.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
SPARK, 330 E Liberty Street, lower level. Free. info@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 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! 

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

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7-9 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [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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 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Finding Your Tribe": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local young adult fiction writer Lara Zielin and short fiction writer Margaret Yang discuss how to connect with other writers. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up. Also, Zielin and Yang host an open house for writers to connect with each other and/or work on their projects on Apr. 17.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Poetry Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Readings by adult poets from the Neutral Zone Volume youth poetry project, along with EMU creative writing teacher and Neutral Zone creative arts director Jeff Kass and Brooklyn-based Ann Arbor native Angel Nafis, a nationally renowned slam poet who is the author of the collection BlackGirl Mansion.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Flower Arranging": Chelsea District Library.

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Gigi's Flowers owner Gigi Batsakis shows how to make a floral centerpiece. Bring scissors; other materials provided. A popular annual event that's limited to CDL cardholders who did not attend in 2013.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Green Opera": U-M Opera Studio.

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Apr. 17 & 18. Robert Swedberg, Timothy Cheek, & Steven McGhee direct U-M opera students in Rusalka's Tale, a one-act adaptation of Dvorak's tragic opera based on Czech fairy tales about a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince, and Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, a one-act multimedia opera based on Colette's story about a naughty boy who erupts in a fit of temper when sent to his room. He wreaks havoc around his room, but the objects he abuses come to life and exact their revenge, to musical passages of witty, satirical brilliance.
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 17) & 8 p.m. (Apr. 18), Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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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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"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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"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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