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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 1, 2014






 
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 6 a.m.  Free! 

37th Annual May Day Celebration: Ann Arbor Morris.

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All invited to celebrate this traditional holiday with outdoor singing and boisterous traditional English dances.
6-7 a.m., U-M Nichols Arboretum (meet at the lookout above the main valley near Geddes Rd. gate). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1659.
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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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 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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 9:15 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Talk Series: Sensory Issues in Children at Clonlara School: Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services.

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Physical Therapy & Speech Language Pathology: Sensory Approaches
Sensory processing impacts everything & everyone! Both gross motor and language impairments can be directly impacted by sensory processing deficits. This discussion will focus how both physical therapists & speech therapists incorporate sensory processing issues into their treatment sessions.
Series Sponsored by Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. martha@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org/campus/event [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 a.m. 

Horseback trail rides: Horse 'N Around Stables.

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We are excited to open for the season May 2nd and Waterloo recreation. We offer horseback trail rides for ages 6 to 106 on weekends/ Fridays and Saturdays 10 am till dusk and Sundays 10 am till 4:00.
Come see Michigan like nature intended, from the back of a horse. Nothing will be more relaxing this season.
Please call or email for reservations.
Waterloo Recreation Stables, 12891 Trist Road, Grass Lake, 49240. $35 per one hour ride.. 734-637-4457. srichardson@horsenaroundstablesatwaterloo.com www.horsenaroundstablesatwaterloo.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 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 1-4. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's nonmusical adaptation of Frank Baum's classic tale of Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City. Geared toward kids in grades K-5. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement. Note: The 10 a.m. performances are sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (May 1 & 2) & 2 p.m. (May 3 & 4), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. May 1: Guitjo & cello duo Acoustic Eidolon. May 8: Contemporary folk & more by San, Emily & Jacob, a trio of veteran folk singer-songwriter San Slomovits, his daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. May 15: Classical music by violinist Gabe Bolkosky and pianist Michele Cooker. May 22: Flute trio Iridescent Flutes. May 29: Fingerstyle guitarist and ukulele player Gerald Ross.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 2:30-5:30 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 http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-19/index.html.
Ann Arbor Huron High School Cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, 48105. Free. a2bikesale@gmail.com http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-19/index.html. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"May Day!": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to celebrate spring by making a flower crown and pendant and decorating cupcakes with edible flowers.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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Apr. 3, May 1. Book discussion group for kids in grade 4 & up. Books TBA. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:30 & 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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 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! 

Annual Banquet: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Silent auction of minerals. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass) and at 7 p.m. by "Mineral Collecting in New Mexico," a talk by club member Bill Barr.
6 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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 p.m. 

"Mead Tasting with B Nectar": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff and representatives from this Ferndale meadery discuss and offer taste samples of pairing s of Zingerman's cheeses with B Nectar meads.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. 929-0500. [map]
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 6:45 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. 

"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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 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.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7 p.m., CUBS' AC in Colonial Lanes, 1950 South Industrial. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [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 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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 8:00 p.m. 

Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza!: Concerts at the Cove // Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast.

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The Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza! will be touring in support of "No Part of Nothin'" on a stretch of CD releases in various cities in his native state, Michigan, as well as Chicago and Nashville. The band will consist of a selection of some of the finest pickers on the scene, including Keith Billik, Derek Smith, Jason Dennie, Spencer Cain, Ben Rolston, Kyle Rhodes and others.
Imagine high energy bluegrass with evocative instrumental dynamics, improvisational charisma and a click-tight groove - that is what the Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza! strives to achieve at every live performance. The band features creative, instrumental improvisations and vocal harmonies coupled with an eclectic blend of originals and traditionals played in a modern fashion. For more information, visit www.MarkLavengood.com
Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast, 10201 Kress Rd, Pinckney. $12 cover. sunsetcovebb@gmail.com. sunsetcovebb@gmail.com www.sunsetcovebedandbreakfast.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Joni Mitchell's Blue: A Celebration": The Ark.

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A cast of several of NYC's top female singer-songwriters-who call themselves Chicks with Dip--are joined by Philadelphia percussionist Cheryl Prashker to perform Joni Mitchell's epochal 1974 singer-songwriter masterpiece. Performers include Meg Braun, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello, and Allison Tartalia.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest. Prizes for the top 2 teams.
8-9:30 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars, & Lunatics": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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See review. Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Suspicions: An Investigation of Monologues": From Around Here Productions.

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May 1-3. Brian Cox directs local actors in this collection of 12 monologues, each written by different local writer, that revolve around 2 alarming incidents in the history of a small town: the disappearance of a baby and a deadly fire. Cast: David Galido, Pat Collins, Mary Elizabeth Parker, David Angus, Margie Bovie, Peter Knox, Ann Stofflet, Holly Kreag, Linnae Caurdy, Kelly Rose Voigt, Marc Holland, Denene Pollock, Bob Galardi.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 in advance at fromaroundhereproductions.org; $15 at the door. 944-2787. [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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