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Calendar of Events

Monday, May 5, 2014

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.
8 a.m. (June-Aug.) & 9 a.m. (Apr., May, & Sept.-Nov.), meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. Free. 761-2885, 663-5060.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

Oct. 7: "Fall Fun." Explore the changes taking place in Black Pond Woods and all around LSNC through games, crafts, and outdoor activities.

Nov. 11: "Shapes in Nature." Explore the LSNC trails and visit its resident critters to learn about geometric shapes found in nature.

Dec. 2: "Tiny Tot Time: Rockin' Rocks & Fossils": Examine some rock, skulls, bones, and fossils and then hop along dinosaur tracks and search for rocks along LSNC trails. Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

9:15-10:45 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $8 per child. Space limited; preregistration recommended. 997-1553. [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 2 & 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.

Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (festival pass, $100) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 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. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited to play with the CDL Lego collection to see what they can make.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Lunchbox": The Michigan Theater.

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(Ritesh Batra, 2013). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. Irrfan Khan. Hindi & English, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7).; 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids': Make-and-Take Mondays -- Cinco de Mayo!.

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New this Spring! Make-and-Take Mondays! Jump start your week with a meal made by your junior chef. We introduce students to a variety of cuisine, basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, recipe reading, and best of all, we'll package it all up in ready-for-the-oven containers so you can enjoy it with your family for dinner! Cinco de Mayo! - Get ready to feed your family of 4 with a Cinco de Mayo dinner! We'll be cooking up some Empanadas with Picadillo (beef) and making some Pineapple Salsa and Chips. Finish the meal with a Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze. You supply the beverage and you have a fantastic full dinner for your family! This class is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/child. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Auditions Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Pinckney Players.

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Audition Announcement
The Pinckney Players are proud to announce auditions for their upcoming production
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Written by Burt Shevelove and larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by StephenSondheim Audition dates are:
May 5th and 6th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
With callbacks on May 7th
At the Music Room in Pathfinder School on M-36 just west of McGregor
Visit our website at:
for more information
The Jane Tasch Theater, 2100 E M-36, Pinckney. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

What to Eat/Meal Ideas.

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Come get some practical meal planning suggestions and ideas that you can incorporate into your busy lifestyle.
The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. Free. 734-302-7575.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Coming Out Swiss: In Search of Heidi, Chocolate and My Other Self": Nicola's Books.

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U-M English and women's studies professor emerita Anne Herrmann, a dual citizen born in New York to Swiss parents, discusses her new book, a blend of memoir, history, and travelogue. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Land of the Seven Moles: Oaxacan Mexican Dinner": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Roadhouse chef Bob Bennett hosts a traditional Oaxacan menu featuring staple ingredients like corn, empanadas, tamales, lentils, black beans, chocolate, and moles.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $60 (beverages not included). Space limited; reservations required. 663-FOOD. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Civilized Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced "no-drop" ride, 12-18 miles, to Dexter, with a possible stop for ice cream. A good rise for beginners. Basic repair tips offered at 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. sharp, 610 Brierwood Ct. (off Arborview east of Westwood from Dexter). Free. 945-4133. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Brandy is Dandy: Tammy's Tastings.

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Many of the spirits we know and love are made from grain. But what do you do when you've got more grapes than grain? You make brandy! In this class we'll learn all about spirits made from grapes and other fruits, like brandy, cognac, pisco, applejack and various eau-de-vies. And of course we'll mix up some cocktails with them too! Class is hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35. 734-276-3215. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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May 5, 12, & 19. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

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 ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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