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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 22, 2014






 
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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KinderRock (Saline) teacher Melissa Hudson leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a dancing program.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Unfolding Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Beginner-friendly slow-paced ride, 10-15 miles, around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore the delights of local gardens, parks, and cafes.
10 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 971-5763, 663-5060. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30 a.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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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Detroit and Michigan's Role in the Future of the Automotive Business: Where Do We Go from Here?": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Talk by automotive industry expert John McElroy, host of the TV shows Autoline Daily and Autoline This Week.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by May 16. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. May 1: Guitjo & cello duo Acoustic Eidolon. May 8: Contemporary folk & more by San, Emily & Jacob, a trio of veteran folk singer-songwriter San Slomovits, his daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. May 15: Classical music by violinist Gabe Bolkosky and pianist Michele Cooker. May 22: Flute trio Iridescent Flutes. May 29: Fingerstyle guitarist and ukulele player Gerald Ross.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 4:15, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Just a Sigh": Michigan Theater.

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May 20 & 22. (Jérôme Bonnell, 2013). Romance about an aging Irish professor who falls for a young actress he meets on a train to Paris. Gabriel Byrne.
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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 4:30, 6:45, & 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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 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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Taking Care of Your Body and Mind": National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County.

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Panel discussion on integrated primary and mental health care, with Packard Health executive director Raymond Rion, U-M family medicine professor Philip ZaZove, and St. Joseph Health System family medicine chair Steven Thiry
6-8 p.m., Washtenaw County Annex conference room, 110 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 994-6611. [map]
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 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Milky Way": Tugg Films.

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(Chantal Molnar and Jennifer Davidson, 2014). Documentary about the value of breastfeeding and the ways our culture undermines it.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 in advance at tugg.com/events/8567. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 20: Fall Festival of Choirs.

Oct. 27: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Nov. 3: Echoes Concert Band.

Dec. 8: Band and Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 9: Band and Choirs Concert.

Dec. 11: Orchestra Concert.

Feb 8: District Solo & Ensemble Vocal Festival. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Feb. 27: Band & Orchestra Pre-Festival Concert.

Mar. 1: "Showcase of Michigan Show Choirs." Performances by CHS Company C and choirs from several other Michigan high schools. $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door.

Mar. 18: Choir Festival Concert.

Mar. 22 (time TBA): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Apr. 3: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr. 30: Band & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 22: Band & Orchestra Concert.


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7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free unless otherwise noted. 475-4524. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

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7-9 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Weekly Ecstatic Transformational Dance: Caryn Simon.

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SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, suite 22. $15. 734-646-1351. artemisia418@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Your Genealogical Journey & Beyond": Bookbound.

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Talk by acclaimed Ann Arbor-based public speaker and genealogist Katherine Willson.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"My Future Is Behind Me": Jewish Community Center.

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Talk by Martin Stolzenberg, a Brooklyn native who retired to Ann Arbor, where after age 70, drawing on interests of his youth, he became an assistant basketball coach at Pioneer High and began writing a column for the local Groundcover News.
7 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"South Africa and the Legacy of Apartheid": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Clague Middle School social studies teacher Jeff Gaynor discusses his experiences in South Africa.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
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 7:30 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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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. 255-5310. [map]
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 8 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled: Suzanne Westenhoefer: The Ark.

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Canceled: Very popular lesbian comedian whose engaging personality and bright, agile, adventurous observational humor and irreverent social commentary have made her a favorite with all audiences. A frequent guest on cable TV shows, she also has hosted her own HBO special.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $26 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & at 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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 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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