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Friday, April 18, 2014






 
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

Movie & Popcorn for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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Join us for an afternoon of fun and free popcorn. We'll be showing Frozen on the big screen - Rated PG, 102 minutes.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m. 

Good Friday Meditation Service: Center of Light.

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Come and experience Good Friday readings from Maria Valtorta's "Poem of the Man-God", a mystic who dictated her visions of the passion and crucifixion. Meditations will occur interspersed throughout the readings. This is a unique and powerful way to connect to the enormity of His sacrificial love for us.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

Girl Power! Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Girl Power! Yoga helps teenage girls find and strengthen their inner power through yoga and group discussion. Girl Power! Yoga is a yoga class specific for teenage girls age 6th -8th grade that focuses on emPOWERing self-acceptance, self-esteem, and strengthening their mind, body, spirit connection. Classes will include 60 minutes of yoga practice and 15-minute group discussion. Instructor: Sara Hughes-Zabawa. Class meets on Fridays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members will be on hand to help fix things. Refreshments.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]
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 5:30, 7, & 8:30 p.m. 

Burlesque All Night! A Workshop Series with Cruel Valentine!: The Ann Arbor Aviary.

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The A2 Aviary is proud to host a series of three workshops with award-winning, international burlesque performer, "Chicago's Own Community Chest", Cruel Valentine! Sign up for an individual class, or the whole package, but don't miss this opportunity!
5:30pm to 7:00pm - Burlesque Hip Hop Fusion
7:00pm to 8:30pm - Flexibility & Body Control for Burlesque
8:30pm to 10:30pm - Burlesque Master Class
For complete class information, and to pre-register (highly recommended!), please visit: http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-all-night-with-cruel-valentine-41814/
Cruel Valentine is an Ann Arbor native who has spent the past several years performing her way across the nation and beyond. She is an independent performer, producer and teacher of burlesque, and co-founder of SuadelaIntimates.com, your go-to for burlesque accessories.
Valentine's dynamic, risk-taking performances have earned her recognition nationwide, and abroad. For more information, visit CruelValentine.com!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 4720 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20 per class, $55 for all three!. thecruelvalentine@gmail.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-all-night-with-cruel-valentine-41814/ [map]
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 6 p.m. 

U-M Softball vs. Minnesota.

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Apr. 18-20.
6 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sat.), Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.
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 6 p.m. 

"A Night of Blue": Zingerman's Creamer.

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Zingerman's cheesemongers discuss and offer taste samples of some of the best blues the country has to offer.
6 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Space limited; preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Passion of the Christ": Center of Light.

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This is a deep and powerful way to witness the crucifixion and feel the hope and promise of the resurrection. Snacks and tea will be provided (feel free to bring your own). Discussion after the movie.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

2014 Italian Film Festival USA.

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The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival. Italian, subtitles.

Apr. 18 (7 p.m.): Benvenuto Presidente (Welcome, Mr. President) (Riccardo Milani, 2013). Comedy about a man living quiet life in a small mountain village who is mistakenly elected president of Italy.

Apr. 19 (5 p.m.): Gli Equilibristi (Balancing Act (Ivano de Matteo, 2012). Comedy about a middle-age man whose apparently peaceful life falls apart when his wife leaves him after discovering his affair.

Apr. 20 (7:30 p.m.): The Women Workers' War (Massimo Ferrari, 2013). Documentary about a 550-day sit in by a group of women after they had been summarily laid off from their jobs in an Italian factory, with no sign of wages due, by telegram from a remote owner.

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Various times, Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium 611 Tappan. Free. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html. (248) 917-2352.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Stroud and Kyle Minor: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these short story writers. University of Toledo English and creative writing professor Stroud's most recent collection, Byzantium, combines historical reimagining with contemporary stories to reveal startling truths about human nature. Indiana University English professor Minor's 2014 collection, Praying Drunk, revolves around the theme of people struggling to remain physically and spiritually alive amidst untamable turbulence. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

Thirty Steps to Forward and 22 Kings: The Yellow Barn.

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Double bill. Thirty Steps to Forward is a South Haven acoustic folk duo whose new album, Hinterland, revolves around the theme of human frailty. 22 Kings is a San Diego duo that blends folk, Americana, and indie rock.
7-10 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10. ouryellowbarn.com. [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 & 11 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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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Waltz, cha cha, rumba, swing, tango, and other ballroom dancing to recorded music. Bring food or drinks to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a merengue lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson; those with April birthdays, free). 644-1485. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Paul VornHagen Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local jazz quartet, led by award-winning saxophonist-flutist-vocalist VornHagen, celebrates the release of its new album, In Our Own Way. With pianist Phil Kelly, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Randy Marsh.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Sally Barris: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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Nashville-based alt-country singer-songwriter who sings in a high mountain soprano. Her folk- and Celtic-flavored songs have provided hits for the likes of Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack. "Sally Barris has a voice like sparkling crystal. Her writing is from a deep, yet innocent, place and her point of view is just a bit off center. It reminds me of the first time I heard Beth Nielson-Chapman or Nanci Griffith. It's going to be fun to watch," says Kathy Mattea. Barris recently released her 4th CD, Wilder Girl.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in Strauss's lush Four Last Songs with concerto competition winner Antonina Chekhovskaya and Mahler's monumental and affirming Symphony no. 5. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Improv Mixer": Emergent Arts.

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Apr. 11, 12, 18, & 19. Area improv troupes perform scenes, games, and monologues inspired by audience suggestions. Troupes include Harem of Harlem and Gun Shot (Apr. 11), Handsome Babies and Jet Ski Wedding (Apr. 12), Hexagonal Knife Fight and No Country for Carl Sagan (Apr. 18), and One Quarter Bruce (Apr. 19).
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $8 in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 8 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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 8 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. 

"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 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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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