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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 26, 2014






 
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 8 a.m. 

Trail Marathon/Road Ends Weekend Day 1: Running Fit.

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The course is a 13.1 mile single track loop through lower Michigan wilderness. Constant hills and beauty including views of 10 lakes. It's a wide, well used trail with opportunity to pass. Aid comes about every 3 miles, water and gatorade. Sunday will feature 50K, 26.2M and 5M races.
Silver Lake, 8555 Silver Hill, Pinckney. $44 early regisration. 734-929-9027. events@runningfit.com http://trailmarathon.com/ [map]
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 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

Building Trades Employment Workshop: BRAG Ann Arbor.

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Topics covered include:
- Introduction to the Building Trades
- Employee Responsibilities and Benefits
- Interviewing and Resume Advice
- Workplace Culture and Jobsite Etiquette
- Workplace Safety

No experience? No worries! This workshop will be run by local business owners and professionals looking to inform and inspire people with little or no experience, as well as those who are already skilled, and will tell you what they are looking for - and not finding - in job applicants. Sign up and discover the tools you need for the job!
Pizza and soft drinks will be provided at no charge for our pre-registered attendees. We hope you can join us!
Download the Flyer here (PDF):
http://www.bragannarbor.com/ezefiles/Building_Trades_Employment_Workshop.pdf
REGISTER ONLINE NOW AT http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139013896
The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor, 179 Little Lake Drive. Free. 734-996-0100. pnowakowski@bragannarbor.com http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139013896 [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 994-6340 (Oct. 4), 663-6401 (Oct. 11), 761-1147 (Oct. 18), 429-4989 (Oct. 25), 274-6350 (Nov. 1), 996-9461 (Nov. 8), 761-9894 (Nov. 15), 761-1147 (Nov. 22), 223-6042 (Nov. 29). [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 26. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Apr. 5: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Mitchell Middle school parking lot on Pittsview Dr. just off Lorraine) to help remove garlic mustard, dame's rock, and other invasive, or Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs.

Apr. 6: Black Pond Woods (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and cut back invasive shrubs.

Apr. 12: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the AADL Traverwood Branch parking lot, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) to help improve the trails by removing garlic mustard, trimming back the overgrowth, and spreading wood chips, and Onder Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other invasive plants.

Apr. 19: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove garlic mustard and spread woodchips on the trails. Bring a plastic sled to help with the woodchip hauling.

Apr. 26: Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs, or Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help plant native shrubs, and Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and other invasive species.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.
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 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates--including insect larvae and other small creatures like crayfish--from Huron River tributaries as part of this popular annual Adopt-a-Stream event for measuring the river's health. Bring a bag lunch. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (pick one session), meeting location TBA. Free. Preregistration required at hrwc.org/volunteer/roundup by April 22. jfrenzel@hrwc.org, 769-5123.
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 10 a.m. 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).

Feb. 7 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Apr. 18 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the summer heat.

May 10 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, brunch ($8; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Art as a Restorative Process": Using the Open Studo Process.

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This workshop for Healers and Caregiving Professionals will encourage you to restore, renew, and refresh in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere surrounded by art materials and grounded in the theory that Art is a Way of Knowing... and learning- about our creativity, our lives and our work. The Open Studio Process will be taught as we explore how we can most pleasurably follow our calling in the world. All materials provided, bring a notebook or journal. Facilitators Sue Webster McDonald and Idelle Hammond-Sass
Ann Arbor Women Artists, 4844 Jackson Rd.,#100, Ann Arbor. $50. 734-741-4441. hammond_sass@msn.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

SPRING into FITNESS: FIT4MOM - Stroller Strides @ BABIES R US.

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Presentation on importance of fitness DURING and AFTER pregnancy and FREE DEMONSTRATION of Stroller Strides . Certified fitness instructors specializing in prenatal and postpartum workouts will be on-hand. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing to try out the DEMO!!
Babies R US, 3725 Carpenter Rd Ypsilanti, MI. Free. 734.726.4075. annarbor@fit4mom.com http://annarbor.fit4mom.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Weekend Tech Courses for 1st to 8th Grade Students: GameStart.

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"Through game-play we inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming. We create an environment where cutting edge technologies are accessible. We educate by giving learners the tools to explore their interests."
Minecraft Visual Programming
Grades 1 - 3.
Minecraft Programming
Grades 3 - 8.
Minecraft Modding
Grades 5 - 8.
Video Editing
Grades 3 - 8.
Computer Animation
Grades 3 - 8.
Game Mechanics and Design
Grades 3 - 8.
For more information visit our webpage:
www.GameStartSchool.org
or call us at 734-926-9213
GameStart (hosted by Menlo Innovations), 505 E Liberty St LL500. $180 - $225 per six week course. 734-926-9213. info@gamestartschool.org www.GameStartSchool.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Natural Family Playgroup": Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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Activities for kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
10 a.m.-noon, GAGP, 2664 Miller. Free. 369-8248. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Super Seedlings": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids invited to learn about seeds and what they need to grow into flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Followed by an activity.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Testimonial Day": Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning.

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Students, families, prospective employers, and college admissions counselors discuss their experiences with self-directed learners. Refreshments. Kids welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. (310) 748-7442. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.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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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Let Awareness Ring: Ringing of the Bells: SafeHouse Center.

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SafeHouse Center will be ringing the bells every two minutes from 11:30am-12pm to represent the prevalence of sexual assault in America. SafeHouse will have an information and resource table available for the community from10:30am-12:30pm.
Ann Arbor Farmer's Market, 315 Detroit St. Free. (734) 973-0242. www.safehousecenter.org [map]
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 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime with the Humane Society: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"6th Annual Midwest Literary Walk": Chelsea District Library.

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A walk to various Chelsea locations to hear readings by different area writers. The lineup: Local mystery writer Harry Dolan and Ann Arbor performance poet Garret Potter (Purple Rose Theatre, 11 a.m.). Traverse City true crime writer Mardi Jo Link and Ann Arbor novelist Matt Bell (River Gallery, 12:10 p.m.). West Michigan performance poet Mona Jean Cedars and poet and Kalamazoo College writer-in-residence Diane Seuss (Chelsea District Library, 3:10 p.m.). Nationally prominent Kalamazoo fiction writer Bonnie Jo Campbell and veteran Detroit performance poet M.L. Liebler and his band Coyote Monk (Chelsea Alehouse, 4:20 p.m.). Also, a community open mike (2 p.m., River Gallery).
11 a.m.-5 p.m., various downtown locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732.
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"Dynamite DNA": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. Participants extract DNA from a whole banana. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Spring Celebration": Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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All invited for a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities at this local exotic animal sanctuary. Also, info about other earth-friendly organizations.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Great Lakes Zoological Society, 6885 Jackson. $8 (kids & seniors, $5.50; age 2 & under, free). 332-1628. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Downtown Home & Garden Lecture Series.

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Apr. 5 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) "Growing the Perfect Lawn" (9 a.m.),a talk (with Q&A) by DH&G owner Mark Hodesh on growing and caring for an organic lawn, and "Organic Gardening Basics & Developing Healthy Soil" (10 a.m.), a talk by Organically Done (Franklin, MI) CEO Rick Weller.

Apr. 12 (10 a.m.-noon): "Take Back Your Garden." Plantskydd dealer Julia Hofley discusses how to use this organic repellant to keep deer, rabbits, & other critters from browsing your garden.

Apr. 26 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): "Historic Tour of Downtown Home & Garden." DH&G Owner Mark Hodesh leads tours of his more than century-old building, which contains the city's last horse stalls.

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Various times, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Scio Woods Preserve Hike: Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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All invited to join a moderately paced 3-mile hike through woodlands and wetlands. Some spring wildflowers will be in bloom.
11:30 a.m., meet at the trailhead, Scio Church Rd. just west of Wagner. Free. 677-0823.
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

The Little Star That Could (Sat. and Apr. 7-11, 12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.

MarsQuest (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Book Signing with Dreaming Novelist Laura K. Cowan: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Come meet local fantasy author Laura K. Cowan and purchase signed copies of her new magical realist novel Music of Sacred Lakes at Whitmore Lake's Northfield Township Area Library on April 26.
Peter Sanskevicz doesn't belong anywhere. He doesn't want the sixth-generation family farm his great great-grandfather unwittingly stole from its Odawa owners, and can't continue his jobs serving "fudgies," tourists in Northern Michigan who seem more at home than he is. He can't seem to take charge of things or do anything but make a mess. Then, Peter accidentally kills a girl. Seeing his life is at risk, his friend takes him to his uncle, a pipe carrier of the Odawa tribe, who tells him he must live by the shores of Lake Michigan until the lake speaks to him. Peter lives and loves and rages by the shores of the great lake, haunted by its rich beauty, by strange images and sounds that begin to pursue him through his waking and sleeping hours, and by the spirit of the dead girl, who seems to
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Rd. Whitmore Lake, MI 48189, Whitmore Lake. Free. (734)449-0066. laurakcowan@gmail.com http://www.laurakcowan.com [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 12:55-5 p.m 

"Cosi fan tutte": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of the last of Mozart's 3 collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, a comic opera about two Neapolitan soldiers who decide to test their sweethearts' faithfulness by wooing them disguised as foreigners. They are aided in their scheme by a mischievous housemaid and a cynical old man. The work is a rare blend of high-spirited farce with psychological acuity and emotional depth. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. The cast features the youthful Met stars Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Rodion Pogossov, and Danielle de Niese. The broadcast is reprised on tape Apr. 30 (see listing).
12:55-5 p.m. (Apr. 26) & 6:30-10:35 p.m. (Apr. 30), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Extending Your Growing Season with Low Tunnels: Project Grow Gardens.

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Shari Kane and Dave Steele, Project Grow gardeners, have developed the art and science of winter gardening with low tunnels and want to share their discoveries with you. Meet them at their plot in Lakewood and see what a low tunnel is and how it has allowed them to grow vegetables when snow is on the ground and to start earlier, long before most gardeners can begin! Then learn how they did it, down to the last nut and bolt, so that you, too, will be able to do it next winter. The class is free but registration is required.
Lakewood Garden Site, Lakewood Elementary, 344 Gralake, Ann Arbor. Free. education@projectgrowgardens.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]
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 1 -4 p.m. 

OLO Visits the Kelsey Archaelogy Museum: Older Lesbians Organizing.

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All lesbians who self-identify as "older" are welcome to join us in an outing to Ann Arbor's Kelsey Archaeology Museum on Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 4pm. The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of more than 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East.
Kelsey Archaelogy Museum, 434 S State Street. Donation. Carol @517.789.8089 or Mary Lou @ 734.677.8696. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 5, 6, 26, & 27. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Apr. 5 & 6: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Apr. 26 & 27: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Recovery from Psychosis: Open Dialogue Family Therapy".

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Local psychologist Rebecca Hatton discusses Finnish Open Dialogue, a new treatment for schizophrenia that has led to 85% reduction in prevalence without residual disability or risk of relapse. Hatton was a member of the 1st group of Americans trained in this technique.
1-3 p.m., E. Stadium Professional Bldg. Suite 105-North, 2311 E. Stadium. Free. 709-2183. [map]
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 2-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

ART SALE To Benefit Victims of Conflict in Ukraine: Ann Arbor Area Artists fo Ukraine.

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Pottery, Sculpture, Paintings, Cards, and more is priced under $50 for this one day sale.
Participating artists include: J.T. Abernathy; Bondarenko, Irina; Cambell, Deborah; Carson, Barbara; Davenport, Patricia; Hansen, Jeremy; Izzo,Patricia; Mokra, Irene; Morris, Carol; Posa, John; Pruks, Mari; Sheill, Anne; Shelly, Sandy; Silvennoinen, Sally; Titus, Kathleen Amaru; Titus, Terry; Wagner, Jill Stephani; Weston, Lesli; White, Douglas; Willson, Katherine and more
AAWA Space, 4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. bacarson@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/673926112654239/?ref=22 [map]
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Nebraska.

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Apr. 25-27. 4-game series with a Sat. doubleheaders.
6 p.m. (Apr. 25), 2 p.m. (Apr. 26), & 1 p.m. (Apr. 27), Ray Fisher Stadium. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 2 p.m. 

"Room to Breathe": Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education.

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Michigan premiere of Russell Long's 2013 documentary about struggling San Francisco students who are transformed after they learn mindfulness techniques. Followed by Q&A with a panel of educators and researchers.
2 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor). $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door. MC4ME.org. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Steampunk Gearrings": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults & teens in grade 6 & up invited to use mechanical parts to make a pair of earrings. Materials provided.
2-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 & 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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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. except May 10 All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 10 (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Creating Video Games": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 19 & 26. All adults and youth in grade 4 & up invited to learn how to create and play different video game levels (Apr. 19) and program new games (Apr. 26) using Unity game development software.
3-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Reel Roy Reviews, Vol. 1: Keeping it Real": Bookbound.

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Local movie enthusiast and reelroyreviews.com blogger Roy Sexton reads from his new book of film reviews and musings on films from his youth, such as Xanadu and The Wiz. Sexton may also sing a show tune or two.
3 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3 & 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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 4 p.m. 

Cancer Support Community's Amazing Race: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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It's that time of year again! Join the Cancer Support Community's Amazing Race...one of our largest yearly fundraisers. In this road rally (sometimes called a scavenger hunt), teams of four solve clues and drive around the city hunting for Ann Arbor landmarks, racing to be the first team to complete the course!
The 2014 race will begin and end at LaFontaine Buick GMC in Ann Arbor. The race starts at 4pm and a post-race party will feature refreshments, food, music, raffles, and silent auction.
New this year... we'll have a costume contest and prizes for the winning teams! So grab your family and friends for a fun-filled day, and purchase your tickets today to support a great cause. Your participation helps raise funds to provide programs at the Cancer Support Community.
LaFontaine Buick GMC, 500 Auto Mall Drive. $50 per racer. 734-975-2500. info@cancersupportcommunity.org http://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/index.php/donate/csc-s-amazing-race [map]
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 4:30 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). michtheater.org; 668-TIME. [map]
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 5-7 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Swedish and Norwegian dancing to recorded and live music. No partner necessary. Wear flat shoes with smooth, hard soles. The program begins with a lesson by Bruce Sagan and Suzanne Schluederberg.
5-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (students, $3). (908) 721-2599. [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 canterburyhousemusicfestival.com.
6 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. 1-day pass: $15 (students, $10). 2-day pass: $20 (students, $15). Tickets in advance at canterburyhousemusicfestival.brownpapertickets.com. 665-0606. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Frozen": Mack Indoor Pool Dive-In Movie.

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Screening of Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee's 2013 animated Disney adventure fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. All welcome to bring tubes, noodles or other flotation devices; no food or drinks.
6:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

6th Annual Chelsea Bands Mardi Gras Fundraiser: Chelsea Public Schools.

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Continuous performances on 3 stages by ensembles of middle and high school student musicians, concluding with performances by the Middle School and High School Jazz Bands. Also, a Mardi Gras art project. Silent auction. Food available.
6:30-8:30 p.m. p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr., Chelsea. $5 (family, $20). 433-2201. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Hometown Concert: Fiddlers ReStrung.

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This year's headliner is award-winning fiddler Jeremy Kittel, a nationally known fiddle virtuoso from Saline, a U-M music school jazz grad who currently tours with the Turtle Island String Quartet. His extremely eclectic repertoire ranges from Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton fiddle tunes to jazz, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian tunes, and originals that draw on all these genres. Opening act is the Fiddlers ReStrung, an ensemble of 24 Saline High School fiddlers that performs American folk, bluegrass, and Celtic music.
6:30 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. $15 (students & seniors, $10) at fiddlersrestrung.com. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
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 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). michtheater.org; 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Susan Hutton and Yona Harvey: One Pause Poetry.

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Readings by local poet Hutton and University of Pittsburgh English professor Yona Harvey. Hutton's On the Vanishing of Large Creatures is a collection of disjunctive, quietly surprising meditations on the relationship between language and reality. Harvey's 2013 collection Hemming the Water speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that is constantly changing.
7 p.m., Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Don Quixote": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers in her 3-act adaptation of Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky's 1873 choreography for Leon Minkus's brilliantly orchestrated 1869 ballet based on an episode in Cervantes' iconic novel.
7 p.m. (Apr. 26) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 27), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $18 (seniors, $15; students, $12) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Night for the Rising Stars": Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts Fundraiser.

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Performances by the nationally renowned trio The Chenille Sisters and Bolcom & Morris, the local husband-and-wife duo of pianist (and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Bill Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris who are celebrated exponents of early American popular song. Emcee is Michigan Theater director Russ Collins.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Tickets $50-$150 in advance at aa-spa.org. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Russian Ballet Academy of Michigan.

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This new ballet company dances to Stravinsky's lush ballet score, based on the Russian folktale of a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 & $25 in advance at Vendini.com. russianballetmichigan.com, 834-6366. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

4th Saturday Contra and Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Reuven AnafShalom and Ed Vincent call to live music by the Golden Griffon Stringtet. Bring a snack to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 786-8380. [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 showtix4u.com; $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 showtix4u.com. ptguild.org. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Local fiddler Bruce Sagan hosts a jam for all musicians interested in playing Swedish and Norwegian tunes.
8-10 p.m., Sagan residence, 2059 Georgetown Blvd. Free. (908) 721-2599, sagan@math.msu.edu. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Local fiddler Bruce Sagan hosts a jam for all musicians interested in playing Swedish and Norwegian tunes.
8-10 p.m., Sagan residence, 2059 Georgetown Blvd. Free. (908) 721-2599, sagan@math.msu.edu. [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 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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 8 p.m. 

Demetri Martin: Live Nation.

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This versatile comic, a winner of the Perrier Comedy Award at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, first became widely known as the offbeat "Trendspotting" correspondent for The Daily Show. Martin's act, which has been described as "Lisa Simpson doing stand-up," mixes awkwardly self-deprecating observational humor, acidic one-liners, palindromes and other verbal goofs, oddball prop humor, and quirky musical humor.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, & all other Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [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. 

Jo Serrapere Trio: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Serrapere is a highly regarded local singer-songwriter known for her sinewy, commanding vocal and her spare, haunting ballads and blues, along with originals drawing on a variety of styles, from old-time and folk to electric blues, garage surf, alt-country, and hot jazz. With guitarist John Devine and bassist Laura Bates.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Pearl & the Beard: The Ark.

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Brightly melodic indie rock by this NYC-based trio whose offbeat instrumentation includes a cello, glockenspiel, melodica, accordion, and several drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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. 

"Ella Mentry and the Case of the Missing Scientist": Performance Network Children's Theater Network.

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Katherine Altman directs local playwrights' James Ingagiola and Charles Stout's educational theater piece, an interactive fusion of science with music, comedy, and mystery. When the Greek scientist Archimedes disappears, detective Ella Mentry uses the scientific method to sift through the clues. For prekindergartners through 6th-graders. Cast: Sara Kline, Aral Gribble, Justin Dietzel, and Emily Rogers.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (youth under age 16, $7; family, $20) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [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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 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
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On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!




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