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Wednesday, May 21, 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. 

Introduction to Yoga Workshop: Chelsea Bird Yoga & Hoard Studios.

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A 4 day, one month long introduction to Yoga. We'll meet every Wednesday morning for one hour to relax and become more aware of your body & mind. Basic Pranayama (yogic breath), Asana (yoga postures), and Vinyasa (yoga flow sequences) will be covered. By the end of the month, you'll have the knowledge to start your own home yoga practice, and the confidence to attend classes at your local studio. This workshop is geared toward beginning yogis, but intermediate and advanced practitioners are also welcome.
$100
Please bring your own yoga mat. Let me know if you'd like any recommendations!
Limited to 4 students, $25 drop-ins welcome if there is space.
Email Chelsea by May 20th to reserve your spot!
Hoard Studios, 8120 Main Street, Suite 201, Dexter. $100. 734-707-1186. chelsea@chelseabird.com www.chelseabird.com/workshops [map]
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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. larnedp@gmail.com www.Facebook.com/PowerThroughNetworking [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Pure Michigan: Changing the Conversation: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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The Pure Michigan campaign launched in 2006 and quickly won national accolades, including being named by Forbes as one of the all-time best travel campaigns ever. In this presentation, Chad will share how Pure Michigan uses social media to accomplish specific objectives; as well as tips, tricks and tools any business can use to save time, grow followers and supercharge your social media efforts.
Chad Wiebesick is the Director of Social Media and Interactive Marketing at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and oversees social media for the State of Michigan's tourism office. Chad manages Pure Michigan's social media efforts across eight social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube and a blog.

Chad is a recipient of Online Media & Marketing Magazine's "America's Top 20 Interactive Media Rising Stars," and a national finalist in Media Magazine's "Creative Media Awards" competition.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs. except Sept. 1.All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge, and (beginning in Sept.) ACBL-sanctioned Swiss team bridge (Sat.). Bring a partner; if you lack the full 4-person complement needed for Swiss team bridge, the center will supply a pair to play with you. Refreshments during the week, buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sat.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Burns Park Elementary School (Aug.), 1414 Wells, & Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs. 794-6250. [map]
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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

Book Club: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All ages invited to join a discussion of a book TBA.
12:30-2 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 769-5911. [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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Finding Vivian Maier": Michigan Theater.

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(John Maloof & Charlie Siskel, 2013). Documentary about the late nanny whose cache of 100,000 photographs, discovered posthumously, has earned her a reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
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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 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. cantorannie@gmail.com, 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 p.m. 

Figure Sculpting at VEO: VEO Art Studio.

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In this 3-hour class you will be introduced to the process of sculpting the human figure working from the nude model. We will focus on capturing the essential gesture, that which brings life to the pose. Figures will be created in clay. The fee includes all materials.
VEO Art Studio, 114 North Main Street, Suite 8, Chelsea. $45. 734-417-6326. info@veoartstudio.com http://register.veoartstudio.com [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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Healthy Weight Loss.

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Is your waistline expanding? Have you tried every diet with only limited or temporary results? Are you worried about your risk of diabetes or heart disease? Find out the truth about which foods make us fat, and how to lose inches without restricting calories or avoiding fat! Your health depends on it.
The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor, 3610 West Liberty Road. Free. 734-302-7575. officemanager@thenhcaa.com thenutritionalhealingcenter.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Michigan's Vanishing Railroad Stations-OLLI After 5:00: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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In his new book, "Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations", Detroit News art writer Michael H. Hodges photographs and profiles 31 depots across the state, from Detroit to Three Oaks to Iron Mountain. In this lecture and slideshow, Hodges traces the evolution of the train station and the styles architects employed to both tame and exalt rail transportation. Touching on news accounts, literature and film, Hodges also considers the central role depots once played as the nation's principal crossroads - a much-used, much-loved public space that has no real analog in American life today.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $8. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Wanderers Regular monthly meeting: Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club.

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The regular monthly meeting of the Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club will be Wednesday, May 21 at 7 P.M. The place: R.E.I. Store meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Come join us for fun, fitness and friendship.
Like us on Facebook/Washtenaw Wanderers
Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, Mi. Free. vyodhes@yahoo.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"King Lear": University Musical Society/National Theatre Live.

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Taped broadcast of the National Theatre (London) live production, directed by Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes-of Shakespeare's harrowing yet sublime story of an aging king who decides to divide his kingdom among his 3 daughters. The title role is played by Simon Russell Beale, "the greatest stage actor of his generation," writes an Independent (UK) reviewer.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Public Transit in Washtenaw County": Ecology Center Annual Meeting.

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Talk by U-M urban & regional planning professor Jonathan Levine, author of Zoned Out: Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation and Metropolitan Land Use. Preceded a 6:30 p.m. by election of officers and a brief business meeting.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 761-3186. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Garden of Invention, Jane Smith's biography of the celebrated early 20th-century plant breeder Luther Burbank.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Monsoon Birds of South India": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by club member Mary Mathias, who also briefly discusses Washtenaw Wilderness, a campaign she initiated to certify public and private lands in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County as Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Hayes Carll: The Ark.

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Talented young Texas honky-tonk troubadour whose hilarious "She Left Me for Jesus"--dubbed the "greatest country song ever written" by Don Imus--won the 2008 Americana Music Association Song of the Year Award. Carll's songs draw on a wide array of influences, from the pantheon of Texas singer-songwriters to Dylan and John Prine, but his deepest affinity is with the barroom poetics of early Tom Waits and the Beat and postbeat writers--from Kerouac to Bukowsky--who shaped Waits. The title track of his superb new CD new CD, KMAG YOYO, blends thebody English of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and James McMurtry's "Choctaw Bingo" with the ethos of Gravity's Rainbow.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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. 

"Appointment with a Highwire Lady": Emergent Arts.

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May 21 & every Thurs.-Sat. through June 8. Paul Bianchi directs local actors in Russell Davis's drama about a young man in a state mental hospital who's gradually drawn back into life by a friend from his past. "Subtle and unsentimental…the play has a sensitive awareness of the renewable vitality within an interrupted relationship," says a New York Times review. Cast: Zach Damon, Megan Shiplett, and Susan Morris.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students with ID, $10; $4 discount for dining at Haab's on the day of the show) in advance at emergentarts.com, and at the door. 985-0875. [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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