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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 25, 2014

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 8-11 p.m. 

"Drum Jam": Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio.

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All drummers invited; bring hand drums or borrow one from the studio. Beverages for sale.
8-11 p.m., Tree of Life, 6065 Sibley (east off N. Main), Chelsea. Free. 433-0697. [map]
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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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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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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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 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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 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Children Coping with Trauma": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talks by speakers TBA. In tribute to retiring U-M social work professor Kathleen Coulborn Faller.
12:30-4:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
12:30-1:30 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [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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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Le Week-end": The Michigan Theater.

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Roger Michell, 2013). A British couple returns to Paris where they once honeymooned to rejuvenate their marriage. Jim Broadbent.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7).; 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Lunchbox": The Michigan Theater.

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(Ritesh Batra, 2013). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. Irrfan Khan. Hindi & English, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7).; 668-TIME. [map]
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 6 p.m.-midnight 

Canterbury House Music Festival.

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Apr. 25 & 26. Headliners are Macpodz trumpeter Ross Huff (10:30 p.m. Apr. 25) and Chicago-based avant-garde trumpeter Justin Walter (10:30 p.m. Apr. 26). Other acts include the Rachel Mazer Band, a local band led by jazz saxophonist Mazer; the local avant-jazz Stephen Rush Naked Dance Trio, led by U-M music professor Rush; the local jazz band the Michael Malis Trio, local band Ingrid Racine Murmurations, led by trumpeter Racine; the local Balkan brass septet Rhyta; the local Arbor Composers Collective, the local band Jon Taylor's Rocket to the Moon, led by drummer Taylor; Shema; local trumpeter James Cornish, and the Pendulum Jazz Quintet. Schedule TBA at
6 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. 1-day pass: $15 (students, $10). 2-day pass: $20 (students, $15). Tickets in advance at 665-0606. [map]
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

AcroYoga Jam: AcroYoga Ann Arbor.

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All skill levels welcome. Learn some basics plus good spotting techniques. Work on more advanced asanas, or bust out your new routine! Come with a partner or match up with a partner there.
Bring a Yoga mat if you have one. As with any physical activity or Yoga class, don't eat for at least two hours beforehand.
Suggested donation: $10.00/per person at the door.
Look for the yellow donation can :-)
Be prepared to laugh and have fun.
These jams are fun and informal and not meant to take the place of formal AcroYoga classes now available in Ann Arbor.
The Jewish Community Center is located off Stone School road between Ellsworth and Eisenhower. We usually meet in the gym but due to availability, check in at the reception desk for Jam location.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Donation. 810.599.6881. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Taste of India.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Taste of India menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Indian Spiced Lentil and Pea Spread with Nann Bread; Kerelan Tomato Salad with Fresh Curry Leaves; Shrimp Korma Curry, with Steamed Basmati Rice, and Homemade Raita; Coconut Lime Ice Cream. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Telling Tales Out of School": Student Advocacy Center.

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Storytelling by professional and amateur storytellers TBA. Emcee isis Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers founder Satori Shakoor.
6:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10-$25 in advance at [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

Sunkwa: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ypsilanti-based sextet led by percussionist Kofi Ameyaw that performs high-energy, complex Ghanaian drum and dance, souped up with an exciting variety of worldbeat rhythms.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Tom Sawyer": Young Actors Guild.

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Apr. 25-27. Terri Park directs young local actors in a theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Kids age 11 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7 p.m. (Apr. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 26 & 27), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $10 (kids, $5). 913-9800. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Moon over Buffalo": Skyline High School.

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Apr. 25-27. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Ken Ludwig's madcap farce about a washed-up B-movie acting couple touring the 1950s theatrical circuit. They get an unexpected last stab at stardom when they learn that a major director plans to attend one of their performances, but everything that could go wrong does. Cast: Josh Krivan, Cecilia Lundberg, Leah Bauer, Emily Benedict, Theodore Billips, Leah Hess, Nate Grosh, Dante Hill.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $8 (students & seniors, $6) in advance at; $10 (students & seniors, $8) at the door. 994-6515. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Rent": Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 25-27 and May 2 & 4. Ryan Vasquez directs students in Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 musical, based on Puccini's La Bohème, about an impoverished community of artists in the East Village living under the shadow of AIDS. It features an inventive rock score with intricate choral work and dexterous lyrics.
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 25 & 26 and May 2) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 27 & May 4), PHS, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, and PHS staff, $10) in advance at [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter's Hand": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program that ranges from medleys from Gershwin and Chicago to a Serbian dance song and assorted spirituals and folk songs. Also, a performance by the group's Joyous Ringers handbell choir. Piano accompanist is Andrew Anderson.
7:30 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh St. Free; donations accepted. 355-7738. [map]
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 8 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 & 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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 8 p.m. 

Bacon Train, Sweet Melissa, and John Louis Good: The Yellow Barn.

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Triple bill. Bacon Train is a local folk, rock, and jam band. Sweet Melissa is a high-energy local band that blends rock, fun, urban, Americana, and other genres. John Louis Good is a Jackson singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays folk and country music on guitar, harmonica, kazoo, jaw harp, and bass.
8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 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. 

Horse Feathers: The Ark.

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Country-folk chamber quartet from Portland (OR) led by Idaho-bred singer-songwriter Justin Ringle. "Horse Feathers constructs music out of fragile whispers and half-remembered dreams, eagerly filling in the gaps between Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine on the American indie-folk continuum," says Paste Magazine writer Matt Fink in his review of House with No Home, the band's 2008 debut on the Kill Rock Stars label.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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. 

Penelope Crawford: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This internationally acclaimed local fortepianist performs a program of works by Beethoven and Schumann to be recorded and released by the Boston record label Musica Omnia.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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 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, 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 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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