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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Business Networking: Power Through Networking.

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Power Through Networking: Ann Arbor Abundance Group
Power Through Networking invites you to free business networking every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Sports Bar Westside in Ann Arbor. You will build relationships and friendships that will grow your business. We are unique, totally positive, and will help you and your business get to the next level! Our Mission is to help people get the contacts they need to advance their business and achieve their dreams, and to create a cooperative and abundance based business world.
We welcome everyone and do not restrict the number of seats per profession or business.
The Sports Bar Westside, 5510 Jackson Road 48103. Free. 734.646.4419. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"What Happens to Research Data at the End of a Project?": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Talk by U-M Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research director Amy Pienta.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by May 2. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

From NFL to SEO: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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From competing on the professional football field to competing within the online marketing world, Jacob Brown learned that competition is competition regardless of the platform!
Jacob is the Director of Interactive Media at PCG Campbell. He is in charge of guiding and directing the strategies and development of their interactive media group.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Mar. 19: Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal on "Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 26: Local historian Susan Nenadic presents "Seeing the Elephants," a talk on the surprising roles of women in the Civil War-as soldiers and as spies.

Apr. 2: "The Melodies of the Mind," a talk by Local psychoanalyst and classical pianist Julie Jaffee on the similarities between music and psychoanalysis.

Apr. 9: Retired Ann Arbor Public Schools music teacher Dan Long discusses "Conductor Elizabeth A.H. Green: A Woman in a Man's World."

Apr. 16: Nawal Motawi presents an autobiographical talk on "The Story Behind Motawi Tileworks."

Apr. 23: "Motown on the Menominee," a talk by Ford Presidential Library audiovisual archivist Kenneth Hafeli on how Ford Motor Co. became an important presence in the UP.

Apr. 30: "Living the American Dream," a talk by linguist and Vietnam vet Paulo Juarez Pereira about his decision to leave his native Brazil and his circuitous journey to become an American citizen.

May 7 (postponed from March 12): U-M Stearns Collection acting curator Chris Dempsey and educational outreach coordinator Carol Stepanchuk discuss "The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U-M Treasure."

Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [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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 2:15 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me": Michigan Theater.

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(Chiemi Karasawa, 2013). Documentary about the well-known Broadway star who played Alec Baldwin's mother on 30Rock.
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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 3 & 8 p.m. 

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

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See review. Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 & 9 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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 5-8 p.m. 

Grub Crawl: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber.

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The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber will be hosting their Semi-Annual Grub Crawl on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 pm in Downtown Ann Arbor!
How it Works:
Guests will arrive between 5:00-5:30 pm at their first assigned location to receive a T-shirt. The T-shirt will serve as their ticket at each of the restaurants. Guests can attend each of the restaurants once anytime between 5 & 8pm on May 7th to sample one or more of their specialties. For everyone's convenience Golden Limousine International will be providing a Trolley along the route of the Grub Crawl.
Restaurants Include:
Arbor Brewing Company
Conor O'Neill's
bd's Mongolian Grill
Xdelica (Featured at Mark's Carts)
Cupcake Station
Cherry Republic
Cafe Felix
$20 for Adults
$5 for Children under 12
Register online at:
Main Street. $20. 734-665-4433.
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 5:30-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Meditations": Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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May 7, 14, & 21. TBE cantor Annie Rose and St. Clare's music director John Goodell collaborate on musical programs TBA.
5:30-6:15 p.m., TBE/St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. Free., 665-4744. [map]
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 6 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Chicken Breakdown Refresher.

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Ever wanted to learn how to break down a whole chicken? Taken a knife skills class but are totally blanking on how to break down that chicken? Here's the 1-hour refresher course, or the first time class for YOU! Breaking down a whole chicken is a kitchen technique that can not only save you money, but also save you valuable cooking time, AND have great bones left for stock-making! In this 1-hour class you will learn how to break down a chicken and then we'll send you on your way with the pieces to cook on your own. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $40/person. 734-645-1030. [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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 6:45-8:05 p.m.  Free! 

Spring Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performances by local figure skaters.
6:45-8:05 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Bruce Mills: Literati Bookstore.

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See review. This Kalamazoo College English professor reads from An Archaeology of Yearning, his new memoir about growing up as one of 7 children in a working class Iowa family and being father to a son with autism. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kevin Keating: Nicola's Books.

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This Cleveland writer reads from The Natural Order of Things, his new novel that takes place over a Halloween weekend in a decaying Midwestern town that's dominated by a Jesuit prep school. The plot concerns a doomed quarterback and a former headmaster who's betrayed by his peers in the worst possible way. Cleveland Magazine reviewer Barry Goodrich calls it "a darkly brilliant, sometimes disturbing odyssey that lays bare the human condition." Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

OLLI Poetry Night: Bookbound.

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Poetry readings by students of the U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 4: Matt Watroba and Mustard's Retreat. host Watroba is a veteran Detroit-area folksinger with a repertoire of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals that he sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Mustard's Retreat is the duo of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, who perform a wide variety of original and traditional songs and ballads about everyday life. Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.

Oct. 2: Ben Bedford. Highly regarded singer-songwriter from Springfield (IL) known for his portrait-like songs about the moral and emotional struggles at the heart of a wide range of contemporary and historic American lives. Opening act is Ben Hassenger, a Western Michigan singer-songwriter who's written 2 Detroit Tigers songs that are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nov. 6: Kitty Donohoe and David Barrett. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish American roots-music singer-songwriter from Detroit who specializes in story songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Barrett is a singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso from Lansing best known as the composer of TV theme songs for several major sports events, from the NCAA basketball tournament to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Barrett's songs cover a variety of topics, including stories about children and criminals, golf and baseball, life on the road, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.

Dec. 4: Joe Crookston. Highly regarded Ohio-bred folk-style singer-songwriter now based in upstate New York, where he spent a year, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant, traveling the Finger Lakes region collecting stories to turn into songs. He is known for his engagingly melodic, variously mystical, historical, and humorous story songs, many of which draw on his own experiences and family history. Opening act is Back to the Roots co-owner Caleb Lange, a Chelsea acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter.

Jan. 8: Jan Krist and Jim Bizer. Krist is a Detroit singer-songwriter known for lean, poetic lyrics and inventive melodies, and her fans include singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, who has called Krist "one of the best new folk artists emerging in the national folk music scene." Bizer, a member of the local Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective, is a 3-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition and won the Great American Song Contest grand prize for his 9/11 song "We Are All Connected."

Feb. 5: Barb Barton and Billy Brandt. Barton is a veteran local singer-songwriter known for her entrancing folk-rock and New Age rhythms and captivating story-songs, and Brandt is a veteran Detroit country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter.

Mar. 5: Red Tail Ring and Sam Corbin. Red Tail Ring is The local duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who play Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies. Corbin is a Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan.

Apr. 2: Sue Fink and Allison Downey. Fink is a Chicago-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose songs feature an engaging blend of wit and vulnerability. Downey is an award-winning Kalamazoo acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter and Moth Storyslam winner.

May 7: Shari Kane & Dave Steele. Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime.

7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M performing arts technology professor Sile O'Modhrain, in the context of the current AADL Helen Keller exhibit.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wall Street Demystified": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show how to use the Morningstar Investments (Chicago) database to get independent and trustworthy stock and mutual fund analysis.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Preregistration required. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Shaping a Library: William L. Clements as Collector, Margaret Maxwell's book about the U-M regent who founded the U-M Clements Library of American history and culture books in 1923.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Priscilla Ahn: The Ark.

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Pennsylvania-bred, L.A.-based pop-folk singer-songwriter with an angelic voice whose 2008 debut Blue Note CD, A Good Day drew praise for its artful blend of pop whimsy with emotional resonance. Her brand-new new CD, This Is Where We Are, adds a grittier edge to her expressive palette.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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