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Thursday, April 24, 2014






 
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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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 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

"Creating Our Own Blue Future": Huron River Watershed Council State of the Huron Conference.

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Talks by outdoor adventure educators Amy and Dave Freeman-who paddled, dogsledded, and hiked 11,647 miles across North America-and Michigan Economic Center director John Austin. Also, workshops.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $65 (members, $45) includes breakfast and lunch. hrwc.org/sohc2014. [map]
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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 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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"It's an Orange Aardvark!": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids age 3 & up invite to hear Michael Hall's children's story about carpenter ants worried they're about to be eaten up by an aardvark. Followed by other fun activities.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Apr. 22 & 24 (choose one). All invited to discuss Rami Shapiro's The Way of Solomon: Finding Joy and Contentment in the Wisdom of Ecclesiastes.
7:30-9 p.m. (Apr. 22) & noon-1 p.m. (Apr. 24), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [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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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Mar. 20, Apr. 24, May 15. Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite. Snacks.
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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 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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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Ghosts in Our Machine": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Liz Marshall's award-winning 2013 documentary about individual animals living within and rescued from factory farms. Followed by a discussion led by Veg Michigan representatives.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4560. [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. 

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 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Introducing the New Leveled Reader Collection": Chelsea District Library.

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North Creek Elementary School reading specialist Lisa Kaemming, introduces parents of young readers to the new CDL Leveled Reader Collection aimed at beginning and struggling readers.
7-8: p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 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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 7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Richard III": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Aug. 26: The Art of Fielding, Char Harbach's acclaimed debut novel, set in a fictitious liberal arts college on the Lake Michigan shore of Wisconsin, that centers on the coming-of-age story of the college baseball team's star shortstop.

Sept. 30: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green's popular novel about teens who meet at a cancer support group.

Oct. 28: Mountain of Crumbs, painter Elena Gorokhova's memoir of growing up as the daughter of an overbearing mother in 60s Leningrad.

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7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Outspoken Women: What Eleanor Roosevelt and Better Ford Taught Us about Leadership": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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George Washington University research professor history and international affairs Allida Black, a leading expert on First Ladies, gives a talk in honor of Betty Ford's birthday. Black is also the director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.
7:30 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]
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 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

"Rock and Roll for UMS": University Musical Society.

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Classic rock by the Breakers. Light refreshments, wine, and beer. Proceeds benefit the UMS Education & Community Engagement Program.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. $75. Reservations required. 764-8489 or ralesko@umich.edu. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Gary Gulman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 24-26. This Massachusetts comic, a former finalist in the NBC reality talent show Last Comic Standing and star of the HBO miniseries Tourgasm, specializes in irreverently hilarious observations about everyday life.Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $11 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $17 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Steve Tyrell: The Ark.

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A widely heralded veteran jazz vocalist whose repertoire includes the Great American Songbook standards and other jazz classics, Tyrell is also a prolific songwriter whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Ray Charles and Elvis to LL Cool J.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at 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. 

"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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