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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 23, 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
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.
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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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 10:30 a.m. 

Bolcom & Morris: Society for Musical Arts.

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Ann Arbor's own nationally renowned husband-and-wife duo of pianist (and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Bill Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are celebrated exponents of early American popular song, which they perform with the sparkle and enthusiasm of true aficionados. Today's program include's cabaret songs by Bolcom as well as classic and obscure gems by Irving Berlin, Geroge & Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Kurt Weill, and others. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($15).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; students with ID, $5). Lunch reservations required. Info: 930-0353. Reservations: 662-3279. [map]
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Bolcom & Morris
Joan Morris and William Bolcom

 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. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Secret to B2B Marketing Success: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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In this talk Tim Busche will explore what works and what doesn't work in the world of business-to-business (B2B) marketing. Tim will also discuss the principles of successful direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing and advertising that can translate into B2B success.
Tim is a Product Marketing Director at Covisint with over 20 years of marketing, account, and sales experience and more than a decade in the healthcare and automotive industries.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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."

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

"Michigan Barns & Farmsteads: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Talk by Chelsea Area Historical Society president Janet Ogle-Mater, a volunteer with the Michigan Barn & Farmstead Survey.
1 p.m., CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242. [map]
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 2:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

Bicycle Drop Off for Used Bike Sale: Huron High School Band.

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Bike Drop Off
Ann Arbor Huron High School Used Bike Sale Fundraiser will be held May 3 from 11-3:00pm at the Huron High School cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. On sale will be donated bicycles as well as bicycles for sale on consignment. The sale is a fundraiser for the award winning Huron High School Bands. People wanting to donate or sell a bicycle on consignment can drop off their bicycle at the school at one of the designated drop off times of Wednesday, April 23, 12-2pm; Tuesday, April 29, 2:30-6:00pm, Thursday, May 1, 2:30-5:30pm at the Huron High School Music department. Bicycles are being repaired and tuned up by members of local non-profit groups Common Cycle and AA Bicycle Touring Society. Full details at
Ann Arbor Huron High School Cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, 48105. Free. [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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Weapons of Mini Destruction": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to make miniature weapon crafts, including a catapult and bow and arrow.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Paul Theroux: U-M Hopwood Awards Ceremony.

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Lecture by this well-known travel writer and novelist. His talk highlights the annual ceremony recognizing the winners of the prestigious U-M contest for graduate and undergraduate poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing.
3:30 p.m., Rackham Aphitheatre. Free. 764-6296.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Great War and Modern Memory": Concordia University Books and Coffee.

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Concordia English professor Mark Looker leads a discussion of Paul Fussell's book that explores the way WWI was mediated and memorialized.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Living Room, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [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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 6:15 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. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

A Spanish Wine Tasting Evening: Melange.

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Wednesday, April 23. 6:30pm-8pm
Join Chef Chris and Ben Eberlein from Henry Fox Wines in our lounge for a Tour of Spain.
Grenache, Tempranillo, Cincuenta.
Retail wine specials.
$20 per person includes four wines and Spain inspired small bites.
Reservations required.
Melange, 312 S. Main. $20. 734-222-0202. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Allergies and Asthma Arrested.

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Allergies and asthma are a sign of one or more organs not functioning right. If you don't treat the correct organ nutritionally, the allergies and asthma will never go away. Find out more about safe, effective and natural treatments that are clinically proven to help lung and sinus problems.
The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor, 3610 West Liberty Road. Free. 734-302-7575. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wine Tasting: The Wines of Anderson Valley, California.

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Anderson Valley wines, located within the confines of the larger Mendocino appellation, are beginning to get tremendous recognition, particularly when it comes to Pinot Noir, sparklers, and a few Alsatian varieties. The region is sparsely populated and home to a few vineyards with almost legendary status. Often times in the world of wine, one's education comes at the same time for the student as for the teacher. This is one of those occasions. I have tried only a few wines from this relatively new region, but have not been disappointed by any. I think exploring this American Viticultural Area (AVA) together is going to be quite a lot of fun. Let's! Expect one sparkler, two whites, and two reds (Pinot Noir will be represented for sure). Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 


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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nickolas Butler: Literati Bookstore.

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This award-winning Wisconsin poet reads from his work. Lumberyard Magazine editor Jen Woods says, "He writes from the perspective of someone who lives a real life, with everyday interests and aspirations." Butler has held various jobs, including telemarketer, coffee roaster, meatpacker, innkeeper, and others. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Alcoholism": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with Dawn Farms staff and U-M School of Public Health grad Lisa Anderson, author of The Lost Chapters, a memoir about her search for the truth about her late father's addictions.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Arborwiki Edit Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to meet some current Arborwiki,org editors and help edit or create entries providing information about everything local birthday deals to local history.
7-9 p.m., AADL 3rd-floor freespace (Mat. 26), 343 S. Fifth Ave, & Arbor Brewing Company (Apr. 23), 114 E. Washington. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bonsai: A World of Contradictions and a Microcosm of Consistency": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Talk by Meijer Gardens Japanese Garden lead horticulturist Greg Afman. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"War Horse": University Musical Society/National Theatre Live.

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Taped broadcast of the National Theatre (London) live production of this stirring drama-adapted by playwright Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo's novel-about an English teenage boy and his beloved plough horse, shipped off from Devon to a French battlefield at the start of WWI. In addition to evocative set designs that segue from idyll to nightmare, the play features astounding life-size puppets, created by the South African Handspring Puppet Company, that bring the charging, snorting horses to life.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]
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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. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Celtic Fiddle Festival": The Ark.

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A showcase of various styles of Celtic fiddling with Sligo-style Irish fiddler Kevin Burke of Patrick Street, Quebec fiddler Andre Brunet, and Breton fiddler Christian LeMaitre of Kornog. They are accompanied by the Breton guitarist Nicolas Quemener. Three individual sets are followed by a group performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, 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. except Dec. 24 & 31. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $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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