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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 29, 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.-5:45 p.m. 

Michigan Railroads Tour--OLLI Travel: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Lunch is included in tour price (box lunch in the Village).
· 9:00 a.m. Depart from Meijer's Parking Lot - Section I (Ann Arbor-Saline Road).
· Docent-guided tour of Durand Union Station (Flint area) and museum.
· Picnic box lunch and train ride at Crossroads Village.
· Free time at Crossroads Village.
· 5:45 p.m.-Approximate arrival home.
Meet at Meijer, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $81. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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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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 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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 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, michtheater.org. [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, michtheater.org. [map]
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 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [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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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [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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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Italian Pasta from the Liguria Region of Italy.

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Please join native Italian Chef, Francesca Giarraffa, as she takes you on a homemade pasta-making journey through the Liguria region! On the menu: Pappardelle; Ligurian style homemade egg ribbon pasta tossed in a sauce of shrimp, asparagus, butter, & lemon. Fettuccine; Homemade egg fettuccine pasta tossed in a sauce of fresh artichokes, pancetta, and fresh herbs. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

Fundraiser and Silent Auction: Nature's Classroom Adventures.

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Nature's Classroom Adventures is a non-profit organization that teaches under served youth about nature, science, nutrition, teamwork, good decision-making through back packing and hiking trips. All at-risk students who have participated in these trips have graduated from high school! Our inaugural fundraiser will offer opportunities to meet some NCA alumni, bid on great art, and learn more about how nature is the greatest teacher.
Bona Sera Cafe, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $25. (734) 646-7010. http://www.naturesclassroomadventures.org/news/2014/3/13/natures-classroom-adventures-first-annual-art-auction-fundraiser [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

HEROIN IN OUR BACKYARD: The Deadly Cost of Misconception, Silence, and Shame.: Home of New Vision.

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Guests John Shinholser from The Anonymous People and Kimberley Ray, founder of The Heroin War join Glynis Anderson, Founder and CEO of Home of New Vision - A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing specialized treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders to raise awareness about heroin addiction.
John Shinholser is President of the Virginia-based McShin Foundation. Mr. Shinholser is a nationally recognized expert on addiction, treatment and recovery who was featured in the critically acclaimed film, The Anonymous People.
Also featuring a screening of THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, a documentary about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery, and the emerging public recovery movement that will transform how alcohol and other drug problems are dealt with in our communities.

This public awareness event is FREE.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-975-1602. ssternberg@homeofnewvision.org www.homeofnewvision.org [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 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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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ladies' Night Out - Shopping Extravaganza: Children's Creative Learning Center.

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Due to popular demand, we will again be hosting a Ladies Night Out event on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is a community event hosted by CCLC at 5939 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline, MI 48176. Please invite your friends and family. Come relax, socialize, enjoy some fabulous refreshments and do a little shopping if you wish. There will be many of your favorite products on display from reputable vendors. You don't even have to host a party to get the products you love. Each vendor has generously donated items to raffle and contribute a percent of the sales to CCLC. Discovery Toys, Lia Sophia, DoTerra Essential Oils, Usborne Books, Mary Kay, 31 bags, In a Pickle, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Party Lite, Scentsy and more will be here. We hope to see you there!
Children's Creative Learning Center, 5939 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline, MI 48176, Saline. Free. 734-429-9292. director@childrensclc.com childrenscreativelearningcenter.com [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. 

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.  Free! 

Detoxify.

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Toxins are all around us & are stored in excess body fat. Come see how we determine if toxic chemicals or metals are a hidden cause of your health problem and learn if a detox program is right for you.
The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. Free. 734-302-7575. officemanager@thenhcaa.com thenutritionalhealingcenter.com
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 7 p.m. 

"Age of Champions": Big Hearts for Seniors.

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Christopher Rufo's award-winning 2011 documentary alout the travails and triumphs of athletes chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. Producer Tad Ochwat is on hand to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 ($50 includes 5:15 p.m. VIP reception and reserved seating) in advance at ticketweb.com, med.umich.edu/geriatrics/BHS, and by calling 998-9350; and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Closer than Ever": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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May 29-31. This local professional company presents this musical revue of works by Maltby and Shire, a nonstop exploration of the struggles of everyday life, especially those surrounding love. The May 30 gala fundraiser show includes a 6 p.m. wine & hors d'oeuvres reception with live & silent auctions.
7 p.m. (May 29), 8 p.m. (May 30 & 31), & 3 p.m. (May 31), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 (May 29 & 31) & $50 (May 30) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 7-8 p.m. 

"The Arrival of B.B. King": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M American culture professor Bruce Conforth, the 1st curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In conjunction with the 88-year-old blues icon's June 1 concert at the Michigan Theater (see listing).
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Bacon Ball: Kentucky Cured, Kentucky Owned": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Chef Alex Young is joined by Col. Bill Newsom's Aged Country Ham (Princeton, KY) owner Nancy Newsom for a dinner centered around Newsom's country ham and aged prosciutto-type ham, along with other bacon, ham, and pork dishes.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $60 (beverages not included). Space limited; reservations required. 663-FOOD. [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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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Aug. 26: The Art of Fielding, Char Harbach's acclaimed debut novel, set in a fictitious liberal arts college on the Lake Michigan shore of Wisconsin, that centers on the coming-of-age story of the college baseball team's star shortstop.

Sept. 30: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green's popular novel about teens who meet at a cancer support group.

Oct. 28: Mountain of Crumbs, painter Elena Gorokhova's memoir of growing up as the daughter of an overbearing mother in 60s Leningrad.

Nov. 25: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz's Junot Diaz's novel about a sci-fi-loving Dominican American New Jersey youth who faces down a curse that has haunted his family for generations.

Jan. 27: Life after Life, Kate Atkinson's novel whose multiple narratives explore alternate possible lives for an upper middle class British woman born in 1910.

Feb. 24: Carter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold's novel about a master magician, a contemporary of Houdini, whose art is challenged by 20th-century technological innovations.

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7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Centennial Celebration Concert: Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Pioneer, Huron, and Skyline high school bands perform a tribute to the 1913 Ann Arbor High School Band, including premieres of works commissioned for the occasion.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Cost TBA. 996-3210. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Howlin' Brothers: The Ark.

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Acoustic string trio from Tennessee whose repertoire draws on a wide spectrum of traditional music, from country blues and gospel to New Orleans jazz and bluegrass.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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 8 p.m. 

"The Great God Pan": Redbud Productions.

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May 29-31. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Michigan premiere of award-winning playwright Amy Herzog's haunting, intimate play in which the dark recesses of one man's memory threaten to engulf his life. When an up-and-coming journalist is visited by a childhood friend with a disturbing revelation, his life begins to unravel, including his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Herzog "writes with a keen sensitivity to the complex wave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around the areas of radioactive emotion," writes a New York Times reviewer. Cast: Dave Barker, Katie Whitney, Janet Rich, Siamak Davarani, Sophia Fall, Mary Franceschi, Tim Grimes.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$25 (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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