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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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 9-10 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride.": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Ride to Chelsea and Beyond": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Apr.-Nov. Moderate-paced ride, 36-40 miles, to Chelsea for breakfast.
10 a.m. (Apr. & Nov.) & 9 a.m. (May, June, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (July & Aug.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd. Free. 996-8440. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:45-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $15 for the year. 665-0105. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Tues. Recently retired Ann Arbor District Library branch manager Ieva Bates reads stories for preschoolers. Also, craft activities.
10 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Voices Valiant Adult Choir: U-M Music School Special Programs.

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Voices Valiant is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50. This chorus is designed for adults who: love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community that music can provide, want to improve their mental and physical health through music. There is no audition necessary.
Voices Valiant will rehearse in two cycles in 2014: Winter Cycle and Spring Cycle. Each cycle consists of 10 rehearsals and a performance. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group.
Season Dates
Winter Cycle: January 7 - March 8, 2014 (Concert on March 8)
Spring Cycle: March 18 - May 17, 2014 (Concert on May 17)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $100/cycle plus $25 music. 734-936-2660. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1:30-3:30 pm 

Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Shodo is the art of drawing characters with brush and ink to express spiritual depth through the beauty of the brush strokes. Calligraphy began in China, but in Japan, both Kanji (Chinese characters) and Kana (Japanese phonetic characters) are combined and devised to create a uniquely Japanese art. With the brush soaked in ink, the thickness and the tone of the characters can be controlled. In this way, a calligrapher expresses his or her own spirit and thought. In the class, students will experience and practice the art of Japanese calligraphy with a brush and black ink, learning both Kana and Kanji characters. The drawing process itself encourages a calming of the mind and peacefulness, similar to a form of meditation. Tools provided for classroom only. Instructor: Konomi Shinohara Corbin
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15 plus $5 in-class materials fee. 734-998-9351. [map]
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 2, 5, & 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza & Pages": Saline District Library.

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Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 6. All youth in grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss young adult books. Mar. 11: Divergent, Veronica Roth's dystopian thriller about a teenage girl's struggle with identity in a society divided into factions based upon personality traits. Apr. 8: Half Brother, Kenneth Oppel's novel about a teenage boy whose scientist parents bring home an experimental chimpanzee. May 6: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Elizabeth Eulberg's funny novel about a high school wallflower who glams up her image in order to attract more attention at home and school.
3 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Ele's Place Tour of the Heart: Ele's Place Ann Arbor.

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There are few things more heart breaking than when family member dies leaving behind young children. Together, we can offer families support, guidance and a place for their kids to begin healing.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to see a behind the scenes snapshot of the important services that Ele's Places offers to grieving families in our community. Please join us for our Tour of the Heart. This is not a fundraiser; attendees are asked for nothing at a tour. It is simply a one hour inspirational and educational tour of the work and mission of Ele's Place.
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling, or close family friend.
Please RSVP to Kate at (734) 929-6640 or
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor - Saline Road, Ann Arbor MI. Free. 734-929-6640. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

First Tuesday LEGO Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids ages 4 and up are invited to spend an afternoon making their own LEGO creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones. Everyone is welcome - LEGOs will be provided by the Library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. [map]
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 4:30 & 9:45 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).; 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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Belly Dance 1: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability, and balance. Class begins with conditioning and cardio, then continues on to the fundamental muscle isolations used in belly dance. The goal of this series is to build confident body posture and presentation as a foundation for movement though deep core strengthening, joint mobility, and isometrics.
The class is an excellent warm up for Belly Dance Technique and choreography, which immediately follows.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Quit Tobacco Program-Starts May 6: MHealthy.

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Quit Tobacco Program-Starts May 6
This six-week tobacco treatment group offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service starts Tuesday, May 6, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor. Program covers preparing to quit, how quitting affects your body, tobacco treatment medications, setting a quit date, how to live free of tobacco, and relapse prevention. FREE to U-M employees, U-M retirees, patients with U-M physician referral and community members. Pre-registration is required. Call 734-998-6222 to sign up, or for more information visit
Traverwood, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor. Free. 734/998-6222. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Doug & Suds Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m., Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 6 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 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. [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! 

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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women: Huron River Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Evening Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Tues. in May. WAS members Lathe Claflin and Mike Sefton or city ornithologist Dea Armstrong lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope.
6 p.m., meet at the Miller Rd. Park & Ride off M-14. Free. Anyone under 18 not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian needs to have a completed parental consent (available from form to participate. 994-3569, 668-2513.
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6:30-8:30 p.m., location TBA at Free. 945-3035.
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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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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Belly Dance 2: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class drills your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography both traditional and not so much. Class begins with structured sequences of basic moves to hone your form, then moves on to teaching choreography for a full routine. Over the seven week series, each step will be broken down and practiced until you have a finished number, and choreography for the course will change every two series. Students enrolled in the full series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF!
The Belly Dance Conditioning class immediately preceding is an excellent warm up for this class.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $15-$75. 734-726-0353. [map]
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 6:30 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. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580. [map]
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On May 25, 2010, Jennifer Jones wrote:
A few members of our chorus performing at the 2010 Heart Walk at Washtenaw Community College.

On November 23, 2010, anonymous wrote:
Dec. 14 is the chorus Holiday party. Catered meal at union hall. Entertainment as well.

 7 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.

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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Gardening with Gusto": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by local landscape architect and master gardener Karleen Shafer, who is currently working on a new book to help homeowners develop an ecological, environmentally balanced landscape.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Public Art in Your Community": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join a discussion of the place of public art in community life with members of Arts Alliance, which is currently working to develop a HUD-funded public arts plan for the Washtenaw Corridor. Attendees also have a chance to make a small art project.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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May 6 & 20.

May 6:
Local travel photographers Howard Bond, Greg Czarnecki, Sue Dempsey, and Keith Matz present present an illustrated survey of favorite techniques and locations for "Travel Photography."

May 20: Club member and inveterate world traveler Carol Williamson presets an illustrated talk on "The Journey of Man."

Also, club members show their recent digital images (May 6) & prints (May 20) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Light Through a Structure."

7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center, 1655 Newport. Free. 327-4781. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7:30 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). Newcomers should call in advance: Greg Humbel at 445-1925. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of La Tesis de Nancy, Ramon Sender's novel about the cultural misadventures of an American college student studying in Seville.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do: Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing 2-part series. Part 1 is presented on the first Tuesday of October, November, and January through June and provides information on how to recognize and understand adolescent substance abuse. Part 2 is presented on the second Tuesday of October, November, and January through June, provides information on what should and should not be done to help when a teen substance abuse problem is recognized, and concludes with a short talk by a young person in recovery. The series is presented by Dawn Farm and Growth Works therapists, and is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Livingston/Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Program Advisory Team, and St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center. It's free and open to all. Programs are targeted primarily to parents but are inclusive of teens, family members, professionals, students, and anyone interested.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, classroom EC4, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 485-8725. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Foundation Stone Meditation": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Talk by Christian Community of America Detroit region priest J. Michael Brewer.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 276-5294. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Speakers Round Table.

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Every Tues. All German speakers invited for conversation.
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394. [map]
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 8 p.m. (sold out) 

The Milk Carton Kids: The Ark.

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Sold Out. Folksy acoustic Americana originals by the L.A. duo of singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. The New York Times calls their music "a sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers." Opening act is Aoife O'Donovan, the former vocalist of the Boston-area neo-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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May 6 & 12. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check after 5 p.m. to see if the event has been canceled due to weather conditions.
8-9:30 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.