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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 23, 2014

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 8-11 p.m. 

"Drum Jam": Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio.

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All drummers invited; bring hand drums or borrow one from the studio. Beverages for sale.
8-11 p.m., Tree of Life, 6065 Sibley (east off N. Main), Chelsea. Free. 433-0697. [map]
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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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 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. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Open House and Military Memorabilia Display: VFW Graf-O'Hara Post 423.

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May 23-26. Display of the post's military museum, which houses one of the largest private collections of military memorabilia in the Midwest, including uniforms dating from WWI, medals, gear, weapons, helmets, boots, patches, and personal items.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW Post 423, 3230 S. Wagner Rd. Free. 662-3972. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Movie & Popcorn for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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Stop by for a free bag of popcorn and a great movie on the big screen! This month we're showing Walking with Dinosaurs, Rated PG, 87 minutes.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. [map]
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 Afternoon time TBA 

"Belle": Michigan Theater.

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(Amma Asante, 2013). The late 18th-century illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great uncle and ends up influencing the decision to abolish slavery in England.
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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 Afternoon time TBA 

"Locke": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Knight, 2013). A construction foreman drives to London while trying to settle personal and profession problems on his cell phone and having imaginary conversations with his long-deceased father.
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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 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.

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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 1:30-4:30 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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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [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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 6:30 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. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Trip to Thailand!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Trip to Thailand menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Yum Cucumber Salad with Cilantro, Carrot, Mung Bean Sprouts, Peanuts & Lime; Tom Kha Gai - Thai Coconut Soup with Chicken, Lemongrass & Ginger; Traditional Red Curry with Shrimp, Eggplant, and Sticky Rice; Mango Sorbet with Passion Fruit Caramel Sauce. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dave Eggers: 826michigan.

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This well-known writer, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and 826 founder, is on hand to sign copies of his most recent novel, The Circle. Eggers will also give relationship advice to those who request it.
7-9 p.m., Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair, 115 E. Liberty. Free, but donations accepted. 761-3463. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

SPRING UP Circus Party: Ringstar Studio.

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We're taking the circus outside! To celebrate the height of spring we'll be opening the back lot for fire toys again, but even more exciting we're literally raising the aerial experience to new heights with our brand new PORTABLE AERIAL RIG!
It's 24 feet high and it will sitting outside the studio for experienced users and novices alike to experience silks in the spring breeze. Inside the studio we'll still have all of your favorites, including silks, lyra, climbing rope, aerial net, and hammock. The pretty lights will be up, the music will be playing all night, and there will be free food in the front to sustain your energy during a full night of play.
Kids, teens, and adults are all invited to come have a blast at this shindig. Special pricing available for families!
In the not exactly unlikely event of inclement weather, the party will continue indoors and we'll save the outdoor activities for a later date.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. http// [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Nessa: Webster United Church of Christ.

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Improvisational chamber arrangements of traditional Celtic songs from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and old English folk songs by the local duo of singer-flutist Kelly McDermott and bassist Rob Crozier.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Webster Church, Webster Church Rd. at Farrell (between Joy & North Territorial), Webster Twp. $15 at the door only. 426-5115.
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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 & 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 p.m. 

Gwilym Simcock: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This virtuosic young British pianist and composer blurs the boundaries between jazz and classical music in original works praised for their soaring lyricism, technical brilliance, and mesmerizing improvisation. His critically acclaimed 2011 album, Good Days at Schloss Elmau, earned him several comparisons to Keith Jarrett, thanks to its cool and elegant improvisation. "The whole album is fluid, with Gwilym's deft finger work sounding like a bubbling mountain stream," writes a BBC Music reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Suzy Bogguss: The Ark.

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One of the most popular and critically respected country singers of the past 30 years, Bogguss is known for her strong, clear, expressive contralto voice and her eclectic taste in material, which ranges from enjoyable pop-country fluff to challenging works by top contemporary songwriters. She had her biggest hit in 1994 with John Hiatt's "Drive South," and she has recorded songs by the likes of Cheryl Wheeler, Julie Miller, and Matraca Berg, with whom she wrote "Somebody to Love." Her current concerts showcase material from recent CDs like Swing, a collection of elegant, western swing-flavored renditions of jazz standards and contemporary jazz songs, and American Folk Songbook, a collection of folk standards like "Shenandoah," "Wayfaring Stranger," and "Red River Valley."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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. 

"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, 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [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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