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Friday, May 9, 2014






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Rummage Sale": Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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May 9 & 10. With a large array of donated items. A fundraiser for programs serving benefit school children in Kanpon, Ghana.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. Free. 665-0105. [map]
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 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinderconcert: Music and Motion": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local early childhood educator Gari Stein, director of Music for Little Folks, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra flutist Penny Fischer lead kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments. Accompanist is U-M music faculty pianist Kathryn Goodson.
9:30-10 & 10:30-11 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Horseback trail rides: Horse 'N Around Stables.

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

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. except July 4 & 25 A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

May 23: Gifted Hands: Ben Carson (Thomas Carter, 2009). Biopic about the renowned African American neurosurgeon.

July 18: The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013). Imaginatively ebullient action-movie adaptation of the vintage radio and TV western. Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner.

Aug. 1: Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961). Classic, stylish romantic comedy-fantasy about a hard-edged, independent young woman and a man with an iffy background who find love in the big city. Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal.

Aug. 8: Dave (Ivan Reitman, 1993). When the president falls into a come, a look-alike is recruited to take his place. Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver.

Aug. 15: The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963). A cocky group of British and American prisoners of war plan and execute an escape from a maximum-security German prison camp. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald.

Aug. 22: Cheaper by the Dozen (Shawn Levy's, 2003). Remake of the riotous 1950 Walter Lang film based on the best-selling memoir of crackpot-genius efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth Jr. and his giant family. Stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.

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12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
12:30-1:30 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Jewish Community Center Chamber Recital Series.

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Postponed from April 18. An Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble performs a program TBA.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10. 971-0990. [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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 4-8 p.m. 

Dollhouse & Miniatures Show: Three Blind Mice.

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May 9 & 10. Show and sale of dollhouses and the miniature furniture, books, plants, and accessories used to decorate them.
4-8 p.m. (May 9) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (May 10), Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd. $5 (kids ages 5-15, $2). (513) 861-0704. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Lawn Equipment Maintenance Workshop: http://www.RepairClinic.com.

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A free outdoor power and lawn equipment maintenance workshop. Attendees will learn how to improve efficiency, prevent costly repairs and extend the life of their lawn equipment. There is no cost for this event and no RSVP is required.
The event will be led by Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic.com Outdoor Power Equipment Specialist. Jeff is a master-level, certified outdoor power equipment technician and the owner of a successful lawn care/landscaping business for more than 25 years.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. (734) 222-4911. jlamb@repairclinic.com http://www.maker-works.com [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ladies Night: Main Street Area Association.

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Ladies Night 2014 will feature shopping deals and discounts, free parking with purchase, a Passport program allowing you to enter a drawing for six fantastic prizes, food and drink specials, and other surprises.
Join the fun in Downtown Ann Arbor on Friday, May 9! Thirty four retailers will roll out the red carpet with special offers, discounts, snacks, photos, goody bags, raffles and more.
Ladies Night Passports will be available at all participating retailers. To be entered into the drawing you must get your Passport "stamped" at 15 of the 34 stores, fill out the contact information and leave your completed Passport with any of the businesses listed on the Passport. The grand prize package is worth over $3,000!!!
The first 1200 shoppers will receive a fun, flashing light up ring!!
ADDED BONUS FOR LADIES NIGHT 2014!!!! FREE PARKING WITH PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE AT PARTICIPATING RETAILERS!!! Free parking passes are valid at all municipal parking structures and surface lots e
Downtown Ann Arbor. Free. sandra@mainstreetannarbor.org http://mainstreetannarbor.org/
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 Evening time TBA 

"May Madness": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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May 9-11. Four nights of tango dance parties. Preceded by tango workshops.
Times TBA, Michigan League. $15 (tentative; discount for students). umich.edu/~matc. [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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 6-9 p.m. 

"Kidz Night Out in Ann Arbor": Bricks 4 Kidz.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited for a variety of craft activities, games, challenges, and open play using motorized Lego sets. Also, a Lego-themed movie. Pizza, dessert, juice & water.
6-9 p.m., Bricks 4 Kidz, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $30 ($25 for siblings). 719-0303. [map]
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 6-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Nintendo Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to play games from the AADL collection of vintage video games. Also, a Super Mario Bros. speed-run tournament with prizes.
6-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Short's Brewery Tasting": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff discuss and offer taste samples of Creamery cheeses paired with this Bellaire (MI) craft beer brewery.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]
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 6:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Only Lovers Left Alive": Michigan Theater.

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(Jim Jarmusch, 2013). Romantic vampire drama about a vampire musician whose centuries-old love affair is tested by the arrival of his lover's impulsive younger sister. Tilda Swinton.
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, michtheater.org. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

AcroYoga Jam: AcroYoga Ann Arbor.

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All skill levels welcome. Learn some basics plus good spotting techniques. Work on more advanced asanas, or bust out your new routine! Come with a partner or match up with a partner there.
Bring a Yoga mat if you have one. As with any physical activity or Yoga class, don't eat for at least two hours beforehand.
Suggested donation: $10.00/per person at the door.
Look for the yellow donation can :-)
Be prepared to laugh and have fun.
These jams are fun and informal and not meant to take the place of formal AcroYoga classes now available in Ann Arbor.
The Jewish Community Center is located off Stone School road between Ellsworth and Eisenhower. We usually meet in the gym but due to availability, check in at the reception desk for Jam location.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Donation. 810.599.6881. acroyogaannarbor@gmail.com www.acroyogaannarbor.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Lady Grey (in ever lower light)": Emergent Arts.

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May 9-11. Ron Miller directs Kristin Beckett in Will Eno's extended monologue that takes as its starting point a painful grade school show-and-tell incident. Followed by Eno's Thom Pain (see listing below).
7 p.m., Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and at the door. emergentarts.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Midwife: A Look into the World of Homebirth Midwifery": Friends of Michigan Midwives.

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May 9 & 10. Showing of Allison Kuznia's educational film about the work of a homebirth midwife. Followed by discussion.
7 p.m., 722 Brooks. $15. 660-9785. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Steel Magnolias": Chelsea High School Theater Guild.

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May 9-11. Carrie Jay Sayer directs Chelsea High students in Robert Harling’s drama (the basis for the 1989 film) that centers on a small-town Louisiana hair salon and its regulars. The story begins on the morning of a young woman's wedding and proceeds through the next three years, chronicling the friendships that develop between 6 Southern women. Cast: Alex Duncan, Kelly Stephens, Meghan O'Neill, Allie Reynolds, Brigitte Demelo, and Audrey Timberlake.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center George Prinzing Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-2932. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Celtic Woman: Live Nation.

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Popular all-female ensemble, described as "Riverance for the Voice," that performs traditional and contemporary Celtic songs.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $59-$99 in advance at Ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

OLO Discussion: Older Lesbians Organizing.

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All lesbians who self-identify as "older" are welcome to join us for our monthly discussion get-together at the Jim Toy Community Center, next to the Common Language Book Store in Kerrytown's Braun Court. We meet at 7:30pm, Friday, May 9. This month's topic: "My bucket list". Our discussions are always lively -- this one should be particularly wide-ranging. The event is always free, but we do pass the hat for the Jim Toy Center.
Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Court. Free. Carol @517.789.8089 or Mary Lou @ 734.677.8696. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Canceled: "Richard III": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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New Jersey caller Judi Rivkin leads dances to live music by Childgrove. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. ffuerst@juno.com, (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: The Ark.

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Vintage Detroit-style rock 'n' soul with a world-music sophistication by this nationally acclaimed sextet led by singer-songwriter Hernandez, who plays guitar keyboards, and percussion. "Jessica Hernandez and her Deltas had this interesting twist as the music they played was simply unclassifiable, and could sometimes take some bohemian-cabaret, or gypsy-jazz or even funky-bluesy-soul turn," says a Rock NYC Live and Recorded reviewer. "It was always festive, with a dark side, and everything sounded authentic."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 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 p.m. 

Melanie: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Dubbed the "Jewel of the Woodstock generation," this folk-rock songstress, who sings in a voice at once raspy and chirpy, is best known for her 1971 novelty hit "Brand New Key." Her repertoire includes covers of the likes of the Beatles, the Stones, and Dylan, along with a large number of upbeat, hook-happy originals. Note: This show is likely to sell out in advance.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Tracey MacDonald: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 8-10. Local debut of this L.A.-based Canadian comic known for her alternatingly acerbic and self-deprecating observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Noises Off": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 8-11. Jason Smith directs local actors in Michael Frayn's popular comedy, which the New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written," about the hilarious misadventures of an acting troupe on tour with an awful British sex farce called Nothing On. The action features a backstage view of rehearsals and performances sabotaged by bloated egos, petty jealousies, furtive romances, and other distractions. Cast: Jimmy Dee Arnold, Laurie Atwood, Nick Boyer, Neil Clennan, Thom Johnson, Chris Manna, Kate Papachristou, Alexandria Strother, and Laura Tanner.
8 p.m. (May 8-10) & 2 p.m. (May 11), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

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

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See review. Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8:30 p.m. 

"Growing Grapes for the Future": The Yellow Barn.

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Laurence Miller, best known as the local children's musician Mister Laurence, premieres his new film, a family-friendly musical fantasy, with 14 original songs, about 2 schoolchildren who decide owning a vineyard is the best way for them to make some cash. While researching their plan, they meet a wacky professor who convinces them the future can be read in the wrinkled lines of raisins. Raffle for a DVD copy of the film. Grape juice & raisins.
8:30 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $5. http://ow.ly/vTrx8. [map]
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 8:30 p.m. 

"Growing Grapes for the Future": The Yellow Barn.

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Laurence Miller, best known as the local children's musician Mister Laurence, premieres his new film, a family-friendly musical fantasy, with 14 original songs, about 2 teachers of a specialized course in Music Philosophy Science Wishful Thinking 101 who decide owning a vineyard is the best way for them to make some cash. While researching their plan, they meet a wacky professor who convinces them the future can be read in the wrinkled lines of raisins. Raffle for a DVD copy of the film. Grape juice & raisins.
8:30 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $5. http://ow.ly/vTrx8. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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 9 p.m. 

"Thom Pain (based on nothing)": Emergent Arts.

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May 9-11. Ron Miller directs Peter Knox in Will Eno's darkly comical one-man show about a guy who suffers from a mundane life. The New York Times calls Eno "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." Preceded by Eno's Lady Grey (see listing above).
9 p.m. (May 9 & 10) & 4 p.m. (May 11), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and at the door. emergentarts.com. [map]
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