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Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 4, 2014






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Horse Show: Spur of the Moment Club.

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May 4 & 18. A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [map]
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"May Morning Bird Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Dan Sparks-Jackson leads a hike to look for birds. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
8-11 a.m., Trinkle Marsh at Easton Farm Preserve, Dancer Rd. just north of Trinkle Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 8:30 a.m. 

36th Annual Burns Park Run: Burns Park Elementary School PTO.

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Around 1,000 people ages 5-90 attend this popular family affair. This year's event offers 5-km and 10-km chip-timed races along beautiful tree-lined streets, and a half-mile kid-popular "fun run" ($5) around the park. Medals for overall male & female winners in both races, male & female masters, male & female grand masters, male & female top 3 per age group, all finishers in kindergarten, grade school, and the fun run. Proceeds benefit Burns Park PTO programs.
8:30 a.m. (5-km run), 8:40 a.m. (10-km run), & 10 a.m. (fun run), Burns Park, 1414 Wells. $22 for the 5-km & 10-km events in advance at burnsparkrun.org by May 2 (late registration, $27). racedirector@burnsparkrun.org. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

35th Annual Show 'n' Shine Car Show: Ypsilanti Area Street Rods.

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Dozens of slick street rods, sleek muscle cars, and elegant antique autos. Also, muffler rapping contests, in which parked street rodders stomp on the gas to see whose engine is most deafening. Games, prizes, a DJ, food vendors, and a swap meet. No boom boxes or alcolhol. Preceded on May 3 by a kickoff party (6-9 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. $2 admission; $20 to show a car. 485-7025, 320-0234, yasr.com.
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 9 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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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Chakra Gardening Party".

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Apr. 27, May 4, June 1, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, & Oct. 12. Longtime local gardener Kathy Squiers gives tours of her 7 gardens inspired by the chakras. Attendees are invited to help develop the gardens, including work on site preparation, planting, and transplanting. Also, discussion of chakras. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1280 Sylvan Rd., Chelsea. Donation; reservations required. 475-3408. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

7th Annual Spring Ride & Festival: Bike Ypsi.

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30-, 15-, and 5-mile guided bike rides. Followed by a festival with food from local businesses. Helmets required. Free tune-ups and ride registration begin at 9 a.m.
10 a.m., Recreation Park, 1015 Congress, Ypsilanti. Free. bike.ypsi.org, 634-5593. [map]
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 10:30 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! 

Mature Singles: First Presbyterian Church.

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Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.

May 4: "Worshipping God with Hands," a participatory presentation by First Presbyterian resident minister Kristin Riegel on the religious use of art, music, and dance.

May 11: "Jesus the Refugee," a talk by resident minister Lal Rodawla on the conditions of refugees around the world.

May 18: Showing of volume 5 of The Long Search, Ronald Eyre's 1977 BBC film series on world religions. In this episode, he visits Egypt to explore the experience of Islamic worship.

May 25: All invited for conversation.

June 1: First Singles member Marcy Toon reviews Happiness in a Storm, Wendy Schlessel Harpham's self-help book based on her experiences as a survivor of chronic lymphoma.

June 8: Church's BBQ picnic on the Church grounds. Reservations required.

June 15: Marcy Toon reviews Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, retired U-M Law Library director Margaret Leary's book about the problems that jeopardized Cook's 1930 gift that financed the U-M law quad.

June 22: Screening of Art of Faith, a DVD documentary exploring outstanding examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

June 29: Marcy Toon discusses the chapters on Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, and Beth Moore in Were It Not for Grace: Stories from Women after God's Own Heart, Leslie Montgomery's collection of essay about 12 high-profile contemporary women.

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11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Music. Food available. The May 4 market includes a youth art sale, with works by Ann Arbor Open @ Mack students. May's theme is home & garden, with all-ages crafts, including "Paint a Pot. Plant a Seed." (May 11), "Make a Garden Creature" (May 18), and "Make a Flower Mobile" (May 25).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Critter House Open Hours: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sun. All invited to watch frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes. LSNC animals include both species native to the region and exotic animals that have been donated.
Noon-3 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Insect ID Day": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to help identify the macroinvertebrates found in last month's "River Roundup." Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Noon-4 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required at hrwc.org. jfrenzel@hrwc.org; 769-5123, ext. 600. [map]
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 1-6 p.m.  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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 1, 4, & 8 p.m. 

Jewish Film Festival.

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May 4-8. Annual touring festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

May 4: Lost Town (Richard Goldewicht & Jeremy Goldscheider, 2012). Documentary about one man's obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family's town of Trochenbrod, the Ukrainian shtetl obliterated by the Nazis that was the only all-Jewish town ever to exist outside of Palestine. 1 p.m. The Upside Down Book (Matthew White, 2013). Documentary about the story behind a copy of Mein Kampf brought home from Germany to Boston by a Jewish American soldier. Preceded by the documentary short Reporting on the Times; The New York Times and the Holocaust (Emily Harrold, 2012). 4 p.m. The Ceremony (Avi Weissblei & Eliran Knoller, 2013). An 80-year-old colonel is preparing to command the national ceremony on Israel's Independence Day--as he has done annually for more than 30 years-when a week before the ceremony, disaster strikes unexpectedly. Hebrew, subtitles. 8 p.m.

May 5: No Place on Earth (Janet Tobias, 2013). Documentary about a cave exploration in Ukraine that leads to the unearthing of a story of WWII survivors who once found shelter in it. English, German, & Yiddish; subtitles. 2 p.m. The Zigzag Kid (Vincent Bal, 2012). A delinquent boy, the son of a police inspector, hooks up with a master burglar and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and a mysterious woman whose secrets will change his life forever. Dutch, French, & English; subtitles. 8 p.m.

May 6: The Third Half (Darko Mitrevski, 2012). Determined to build the best football club in Macedonia, Dimitry hires a German coach to galvanize his ragtag team, but when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and the beautiful daughter of a local banker elopes with his star player, all his plans must change. German, Ladino, Bulgarian, Serbian, & English; subitles. 2 p.m. Blumenthal (Seth Fisher, 2013). Comedy about the relatives of a legendary playwright who made a career parodying his family and died laughing at one of his own jokes. 5 p.m. The Attack (Ziad Doueiri, 2012). An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles. 8 p.m.

May 7: Next Year in Jerusalem (David Gaynes, 2013). Documentary about 8 nursing home residents given one last great adventure, a trip to Israel. 2 p.m. Bethlehem (Yuval Adler, 2013). Drama about the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles. 5 p.m. Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story (Barry Avrich, 2013). Documentary about the influential Canadian standup comic best-known for the biblical sermonettes that lead to the cancellation of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. 8 p.m.

May 8: Out in the Dark (Michael Mayer, 2012). Drama about the love affair between two men on opposite sites of the Middle East conflict, a Palestinian student and an Israeli lawyer. Arabic & Hebrew, subtitles. 2 p.m. The Pin (Naomi Jaye, 2013). Two young people experience love and loss while in hiding during WWII. After a life of regret, the young man, now old, is faced with an opportunity for redemption. Yiddish, subtitles. 5 p.m. The Sturgeon Queens (Julie Cohen, 2014), a 45-minute documentary about a 100-year0old Lower East Side lox and herring emporium, and Never a Bystander (Evelyn Ruth Neuhaus, 2014), a 30-minute documentary in which Ann Arborite Irene Butter, a U-M Schoool of Public Health professor emerita, talks about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor. 8 p.m.

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Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (festival pass, $100) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]
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 1 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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 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Pop-Up Farmers Market and Township Open House: Pittsfield Charter Township.

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This one-time, Pop Up Farmers Market is a taste of great things to come. Join Pittsfield Township staff and your favorite vendors- Ed's Breads, Nemeth Greenhouse & Farms, O-R Olive Oil, Penny's Cakes, Prochaska Farms & Greenhouse, Suchman Swine Sausage, Zilke Vegetable Farm, Carol Repasky Pottery, Pescara Hand Crafted Foods, Ypsilanti Food Coop, Dad's Dogs, Brewed Awakenings, Gouge Farms, and Harnois Farm- for some spring goodies!
Beverages, snacks, hot dogs, sandwiches, produce, nursery plants, vegetable starts, baked goods, pork, poultry, eggs, pottery, olive oil, honey, bee pollen, apples, apple cider, and preserves will all be available during this rain or shine event. Kids activities will be held inside the administration buildings with the Passport-2-Pittsfield open house. Sparky the Fire Dog & McGruff the Crime Dog will be at the Police and Fire Stations next door.
Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734 822-3152. farmersmarket@pittsfield-mi.gov pittsfield-mi.gov [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 764-3482. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"#CheckMeOut: Women in Computer Science": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of Women in Computer Science @ EMU show young women interested on computer science the basics of html and web design.
1-3 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 1 & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art": UMMA.

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Apr. 13 & 27 and May 4. See review. Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, architectural elements, photographs, and drawings by Islamic artists from tobacco heiress Duke's extensive collection.
2 p.m. (Apr. 13 & 27 & May 4) & 1 p.m. (May 4), UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Art Fair": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 27 & 30 and May 4. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to submit art work to be included in a juried Kids Art Fair at the Townie Street Party on July 14. Bring samples of your work and be prepared to talk to judges.
1-3 p.m. (Apr. 27 & May 4) & 5-7 p.m. (Apr. 30), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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May 3, 4, 17, & 18. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. May 3 & 4: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. May 17 & 18: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
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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 1-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars Day": Chelsea District Library.

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Screening of the 1980 Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, along with free comics, craft activities, a costume contest with prizes, and more.
1-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1-6 p.m. 

"Yaks All-Stars & Stripes Hockey Game": Yaks Give Back.

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Two hockey games by local teams. Lower-level teams play at 1 p.m., and higher-level teams play around 3 p.m. Chuck a puck, raffles, silent auction, and more. Proceeds go toward a new home for sergeant Nick Koulchar, an Iraq War vet who lots both his legs in 2008.
1-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/YaksGiveBack. 845-4237. [map]
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 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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 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

4th Annual Water Hill Music Fest.

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This neighborhood music festival, which draws thousands of visitors, features performances by more than 100 local musicians on front porches in the Water Hill neighborhood-so called because of its water-themed street names (Spring, Fountain, and Brooks). Also, Maypole dancing led by Nawal Motawi. The musicians perform in various genres from classical to jazz to rock and include everyone from the nationally renowned Chenille Sisters and virtuoso classical pianist Waleed Howrani to amateur family bands and young musicians. The lineup also includes the Latin jazz band Los Gatos, the local alt-country trio Hoodang, the alt-country rock band Corndaddy, the local ska and 80s-style pop quintet Hullabaloo, folk singer-songwriter Chris Buhalis, the Tree Town Community Chorus, the jazz ensemble the Ron Brooks Trio, veteran local singer-songwriter Dick Siegel, a band led by 12-year-old singer-pianist-percussionist Ella Kocher, singer-songwriter duo of Appleseed Collective singer Katie Lee and guitarist Andrew Brown, and many others. Updated schedule of performance times and locations available at waterhill.org. Programs available on the day of the event at Big City Small World Bakery and from volunteers on foot. Rain date: May 11.
2-6 p.m., Water Hill neighborhood north of Miller bounded by Brooks, Sunset, and the train tracks. Free. info@waterhill.org.
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 2 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

A Matter of Balance: Holy Faith Church and Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

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Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.
Holy Faith Church is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings from April 27th to May 20th, 2014. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.
Please call Kathleen Garvey, OTRL at 734-355-1595 or email at kgarvey2011@gmail.com for more information. Call Kathleen or church office at 734-429-2991 to register by April 14, 2013. Please include full name, chronological age, phone number and email on message. We will contact you to confirm your registration.
Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Saline, MI, Saline. Free. Free to Washtenaw residents. 734-355-1595. kgarvey2011@gmail.com [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Beltaine Rite: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to join local pagans for this ancient Celtic holiday that celebrates fertility. Also, a raffle and potluck.
2-5 p.m., Cavallo Equestrian Centre, 2185 Harris Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Contact Improv.

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Every Sun. except Mar. 2. All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
2-4 p.m., Phoenix Center, 200 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5-$10 sliding scale based on ability to pay. 604-4416. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Open Archery at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Come practice your precision bow shooting at Open Archery, courtesy of Ring of Steel. Beginners and experienced archers alike are invited to take advantage of a short indoor range compete with catch nets and foam targets. Recurve bows are available for rent. $5 includes 6 arrows for use, or bring your own. Recurve bows only, with a draw weight of 45 lbs or less.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $5. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Child In A Strange Country: Helen Keller And The History Of Education For People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A May 2 opening reception for this AADL exhibit (May 2-June 23) features welcoming remarks by AADL director Josie Parker and Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (Louisville) director Michael Hudson, who also gives a talk on the exhibit in the AADL multipurpose room at 2 p.m. on May 4. The May 2 reception also includes music by harpist Deborah Gabrion and refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m. (Apr. 2) & 2-3:30 p.m. (Apr. 4), AADL 3rd floor, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: May Flowers and Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pom-Pom Launchers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to use household items to make a launcher that can send small pom-poms flying. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 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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 2 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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Has Sprung at Springhill": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy/Superior Land Conservancy.

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All invited to join a hike of about a mile to enjoy spring wildflowers. Preceded at 1:15 p.m. by socializing. Refreshments. No pets. Be prepared for variable weather and muddy trails.
2-3 p.m., meet at 3345 Berry Rd. (just south of Ford Rd.), Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565.
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 2 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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 2:15-3:15 p.m. 

Aerial Hammock 1: A2 Aviary.

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An artistic discipline in its own right, aerial hammock is similar to aerial silks, except the fabric hangs in a loop creating a hammock-like apparatus. It provides new and experienced students alike with skills transferable to silks, trapeze, and lyra. Students in this class will learn a variety of dynamic and lyrical progressions while focusing on strength, fluidity, and choreography.
$150 for a seven week series
$25 for a single class
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25 - $150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-hammock-1/ [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Campion Players of St. Augustine's HEP.

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High school students perform Shakespeare's the Tempest--amazing sets and costumes. Dr. Russell has done a fantastic job with his students over many years of performing Shakespeare.
Whitmore Lake high school. $5 (families, $25). 810-225-8741. campionplayers@gmail.com
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Postponed to June 1: "Fiddler and Megille": Chaverim B'Shirim: Chaverim B'Shirim.

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Postponed from May 4 to June 1. This local Jewish choir performs an eclectic program that includes excerpts from the classic Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical Fiddler on the Roof and Itzak Manger and Dov Seltzer Die Megille, a twist on the Purim story (narrated in English and sung in Yiddish) told from the view of a tailor. Also, songs by former chorus member Jane Pitt and favorite selections chosen by the chorus's soloists. Refreshments.
3 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Christopher Lees & Lindsay Kesselman: First United Methodist Church Green Wood.

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The local husband-and-wife duo of soprano Kesselman, a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and pianist Lees, a U-M music professor, presents "The Many Faces of Love," a program exploring love in its romantic, sacred, playful, sensuous, and philosophical guises.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Are You Confident Today?": Nicola's Books.

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Michigan children's writer Kris Yankee discusses her new children's book, part of her Becoming a Better You series. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Heroes in Sequels": Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of popular music from popular movie franchises, including Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, The Ring of the Nibelung, and the sequel champion, James Bond.
Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]
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 3 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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 3 p.m. 

"The Tempest": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

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May 2-4. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry. With original incidental music by Dan Heffernan.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $25) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
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 3 p.m. (doors at 2:30 p.m.) 

"Why There Are No Wizards": Dreamland Theater.

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Apr. 11 and every Sun, Apr. 13-May 25. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents this original puppet show by Ryan Hughes in which local wizard shops have to close down because of competition from Wiz-Mart. The Apr. 11 performance is part of the opening reception for the new Dreamland exhibit Puppet.
8 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $5 (kids 3 & under, free) at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Lyra 1: A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra-1/ [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Carol lei Breckenridge, Scarlatti on the Italian Fortepiano": Community of Christ.

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Local early keyboard specialist Breckenridge performs Scarlatti sonatas, primarily from his 1738 Essercizi set, on a replica of a 1730s Italian fortepiano.
4 p.m., Community of Christ Church, 520 W. Jefferson. Free. carolleibreckenridge@gmail.com, 761-3082. [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Witch Eyes": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Scott Tracey's sci-fi novel about a boy who's troubled by his ability to see people's secrets with one glance.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Zounds Hearing Hitchcock Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Feb. 2: The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) Silent drama about a chorus girl engaged to an adventurer who begins to play around when her fiancé travels out of the country. 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930) A man convinced of the innocence of a woman he helped convict or murder sets out to find the real killer. Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring. 7 p.m.

Feb. 9: The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) Vintage mystery-romantic comedy about an innocent man pulled into the orbit of a spy ring. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. 4 p.m.

Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) Hitchcock's original version of the thriller about criminals who kidnap a child to prevent her parents from revealing an assassination plot. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre. 5 p.m.

Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Remake of the 1934 thriller. James Stewart, Doris Day. 7 p.m.

Feb. 16: The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) A jealous detective accuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) Classic mystery-comedy about an old woman's baffling disappearance on a train that leads a young woman into a web of intrigue. Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. 7 p.m.

Feb. 23: Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Gothic thriller about a na´ve young woman who marries an aristocratic widower. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders. 4 p.m.

Feb. 25: Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Thriller about an American reporter who exposes enemy spies in Britain. Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 7 p.m.

Mar. 2: The Ring (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent boxing melodrama. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.

Mar. 4: Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941). A wealthy, sheltered woman marries a charming ne'er-do-well she comes to suspect may be planning to kill her for her money Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Mar. 9: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Offbeat thriller about a munitions worker wrongly accused of sabotage and forced to go on the lam around the country. Script written in part by Dorothy Parker. 5 p.m.

Mar. 11: Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943). A lively teen grows to suspect that her beloved uncle may be a serial killer. Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton. 7 p.m.

Mar. 16: Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). When a ship of Americans and Britons is sunk by a missile from a German U-boat during WWII, the survivors must cope with the elements--and each other. Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix. 5 p.m.

Mar. 18: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945). The youthful new director of a posh mental asylum is not whom he claims to be. Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman. 7 p.m.

Mar. 23: Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent melodrama about a boy whose life falls apart when he is expelled from school after he takes the blame for a friend's crime. With live organ accompaniment. 8 p.m.

Apr. 1: Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends n South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Apr. 6: The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama about a rough-mannered widowed farmer in search of a new bride. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 8: Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 7 p.m.

Apr. 13: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a psychotic mother's boy with a Raymond Chandler screenplay. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 15: Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. 7 p.m.

Apr. 20: Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). See review. Newly restored silent drama, adapted from the Noel Coward play, about a divorcée who hides her scandalous past from her new husband and family. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

Apr. 22: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a news photographer examining his neighbor's lives with binoculars and making a sordid discovery. James Stewart, Grace Kelly.7 p.m.

Apr. 27: The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn. 4 p.m.

Apr. 29: The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Offbeat film about a New York City jazz musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. 7 p.m.

May 4: Champagne (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Silent drama about a spoiled heiress who defies her father by running off to marry her lover. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

May 6: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).Haunting, dreamlike mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak.7 p.m.

May 11: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). Classic thriller about an ad exec mistaken for a government agent who's relentlessly pursued halfway across the country. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint. 5 p.m.

May 13: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 5 p.m.

May 18: The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent drama about lifelong friends on the Isle of Man, a fisherman and a lawyer, who are both attracted to the same woman. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.

May 20: Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock, 1976). Comedy-thriller about a con artist and her private investigator boyfriend who run into a couple of serial kidnappers. Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black. 5 p.m.

May 25: Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent thriller about a Scotland Yard detective who discovers that a murder he is investigating was committed by his girlfriend while defending herself from a rapist. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

May 27: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). Eerie thriller about hordes of bloodthirsty sparrows, gulls, and crows plaguing a small California town. Not for the squeamish. Stars Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy. 7 p.m.

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Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $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 & 8:45 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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.
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 6:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Laughter Yoga Circle: Ann Arbor Laughs.

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Join us for a 1/2 hour of laughing for no reason except to your health. Laughter yoga uses exercises to simply laugh, stretch and breathe for positive well-being. Laughter circle plays off everyone attending so we need your joyous spirit. Set yourself in a positive happy state to conquer the week ahead. We'll laugh weekly from 7:00-7:30pm on Sunday nights at the Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron, Ann Arbor, MI. Suggested $5 donation to the Yellow Barn.
The Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron. Donation. 734-368-5237. diane82103@yahoo.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. (sold out) 

Peter Wolf: The Ark.

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May 4 (sold out) & 5. Best known as the longtime frontman of the durably semipopular 70s R&B-based blues-rock group J. Geils Band, Wolf is an distinctive vocalist whose style is an engagingly seductive blend of blue-eyed soul intensity with the devil-may-care ethos of garage rock. He has since fashioned a quietly impressive solo career: his 2002 CD Sleepless, made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 best albums of all time, and his latest record, the 2010 CD Midnight Souvenirs, is a typically mongrel collection highlighted by duets with Shelby Lynne, Neko Case, and Merle Haggard.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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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 8-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.

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Every Sun. All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (Aug. 3, 17, 24, & 31) & Pendleton Room (July 13 & 20) and Michigan League Ballroom (Aug. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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May 4, 18, & 25 and every Sun. in June. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com, 985-0875. [map]
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