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Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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 6:10 a.m. 

"Swim to the Moon": Epic Races.

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10-km, 5-km, 1.2-mile, and half-mile open water races.
6:10 a.m. (10-km), 8:10 a.m. (5-km), 10 a.m. (1.2-mile) 10 a.m. (half-mile), Halfmoon Lake Beach, Hankerd Rd. (1 3/4 miles north of North Territorial Rd.), Dexter Twp. $57-$92 in advance by Aug. 7 at; $62-$102 after Aug. 7. $12 discount for USA Triathlon members. 531-8747. [map]
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Antique Tractor & Equipment Show": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Aug. 9 & 10. Displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, wagon rides, a pie-eating contest, a log-sawing contest, a "slow" race (to see which tractor is the slowest), and tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 9) & 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 10), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Sunset Flavor Tour: SUNSET®.

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Stop by our FLAVOR mobile food truck to try delicious, chef-prepared recipes featuring SUNSET® products, receive coupons to use towards SUNSET® products, meet the chefs-on-board, win great prizes, and more!
Whole Foods, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Jewish Hikers of Michigan.

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All invited to join an easy hike of 1.5-2 hours. Bring a backpack, munchies, and drinks. No pets.
11 a.m., location TBA. Free., 665-4744.
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Show and sale of works by local artists, with emphasis on paintings and photography (Aug. 10), pottery (Aug. 17), sculpture and paper arts (Aug. 24), and toys (Aug. 31). The Aug. 3 market is the 4th Annual Fairy Festival (see separate listing on the 3rd).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers' Market. Free admission.
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free., 846-9418.
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 11:30 am  Free! 

"Climate Change: How YOU Can Make A Difference!": Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Speaker Dr Lisa Del Buono, MD (Climate Reality Presenter, CCL Volunteer) will discuss global warming and why it is urgent that we take action to address this problem. She will explain the solution proposed by Citizens' Climate Lobby and favored by economists as the most efficient way to transition away from fossil fuels: placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, and she will teach us how we can become citizen advocates to ensure that this solution is enacted. Come learn how YOU can make a difference and make sure the world is livable for future generations.
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Free. [map]
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 1, 4:30, & 7:45 p.m. 

"Boyhood": Michigan Theater.

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Aug. 1-7. (Richard Linklater, 2014). Groundbreaking story about a boy growing up that was filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years. Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette.
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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 1 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 Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), modern constructed (Thurs.), standard constructed (Fri.), 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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Mills Tours: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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June 22, July 13 & 27, and Aug. 10 & 24. All invited to tour this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. Docents are on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the generator.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Concerts in the Courtyard": Kerrytown Market & Shops.

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Every Sun. Performances by local musicians. Aug. 3: San & Emily & Jacob. Acoustic trio of multi-instrumentalist San Slomovits (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini), his violinist daughter Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. Aug. 10: Royal Garden Trio. Led by guitarist Brian Delaney, this trio plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. Aug. 17: bluegrass-Gypsy jazz trio Wire in the Wood. Aug. 24: Gemini. See San & Emily & Jacob, above.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown Courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Aug. 9 & 10. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Summer Classic Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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June 22 & 24: The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz, 1984). Musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy.

June 29 & July 1: All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950). This multi-Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis in her greatest role as an aging Broadway diva who's clawed her way to the top, only to be threatened by a fan-turned-parasite. With Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, and a cameo by Marilyn Monroe.

July 6 & 8: A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles' joyously exuberant film debut, a visually arresting, slapstick version of two typical days in their life. Features "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," and other early Beatles songs.

July 13 & 15: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937). The Marx Brothers enter a horse in a steeplechase to win enough money to save from financial ruin a sanitarium where Groucho, a horse doctor illicitly employed as the director, has his eyes on one of the patients, a wealthy hypochondriac.

July 20 & 22: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977). Spellbinding classic about alien contact. Richard Dreyfuss.

July 27 & 29: Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's beloved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.

Aug. 3 & 5: Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955). Classic drama of teen alienation. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus.

Aug. 10 & 12: Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954). The original Japanese version of this sci-fi horror classic about a mutant dinosaur resurrected by repeated nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Aug. 17 & 19: Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962). Adaptation of Nabokov's unsettlingly comic novel about a middle-age professor smitten by a sexually precocious 14-year-old girl. James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers.

Aug. 24 & 26: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Classic film about a 16th-century village that hires professional tough guys to stave off marauding bandits. The inspiration for The Magnificent Seven. Japanese, subtitles.

Aug. 31 & Sept. 2: Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979). Classic satire about a man whose life parallels that of Jesus.

Sept. 1: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Enduring sentimental favorite about a pair of star-crossed lovers in Nazi-occupied North Africa during WW II. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.

Sept. 7 & 9: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). Cult noir comedy about a couple of hit men. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman.

1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. ( Mon. & Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in July) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in Aug.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system. Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Contact Improv.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
2-4 p.m., Phoenix Center, 200 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5-$10 sliding scale based on ability to pay. 604-4416. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3": UMMA.

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Sept. 7 & 14. Docent-led tour of the current traveling exhibition of Native American and First Nations art.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Manufacturama": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Southeast Michigan Section) representatives help kids in grades 3-5 conceive, design, and manufacture an invention, using conductive paint to equip it with a simple electrical circuit.
2-5 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Last Romance": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except June 26), June 12-Aug. 30. Michelle Mountain directs professional actors in Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro's heartwarming 2008 comedy about an opera-loving widower named Ralph who falls for a woman at a dog park and pursues her in spite of her reluctance to start a relationship. As Ralph's romance blossoms, his acerbic sister (and roommate) gets in the way. Cast: Andrew Buckshaw, Ryan Dooley, Franette Liebow, Priscilla Lindsay, and Will Young. Note: The July 11 & Aug. 8 performances include a talkback.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 12-19 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & 28 (Sat. eve.). After June 19: Tickets $18.50 (July 11 & Aug. 8 only), $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & $42 (Sat. eve.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Carousel": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., July 10-Aug. 10. Dan Walker directs this Dexter-based professional company in Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical about a Maine carny barker whose life ends in disgrace after he wins the love of a beautiful woman, but he gets a chance to redeem himself after death with one final good deed. The beloved score includes "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Stars Joey DeBenedetto, with Darcy Link, Marlene Inman, Mahalia Greenway, Jess Alexander, and Peter Riopelle.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 7), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors & students, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors & students, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) on Thurs. & all matinees in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunting Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists study the evidence of mastodon hunting by people living in Michigan during the last Ice Age. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 3:15-4:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Selections from A Future Past": UMMA.

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Screening of several indigenous short and experimental videos that reference the history of colonialism and its contemporary, intergenerational legacy. In conjunction with the current exhibit of Native American art, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3.
3:15-4:45 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 4:15 & 7 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Michigan Theater.

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(Roman Polanski, 2013). Adaptation of David Ives' 2011 play about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who exhibits a strange mastery of the material. French, subtitles.
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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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to discuss 2 mysteries set in America during WWII: Joanne Dobson and Beverly Myers's Face of the Enemy is about a nurse who vows to help her patient's wife who's arrested in a midnight sweep of prominent Japanese residents. Mignon Ballard's Miss Dimple Disappears concerns the kidnapping of a small-town grade school teacher.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fledgling": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Octavia Butler's vampire novel about a genetically engineered species that is half human, half vampire.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  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.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Outdoor Milonga": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Cancelled if weather is inclement.
5-9 p.m., the Cube, north side of Michigan Union. Free. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email to confirm. 717-1569.
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Halladay/Schunk: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Detroit jazz composer Doug Halladay, a promiment trumpeter in the late '60s and '70s, and local pianist Gary Schunk celebrate the release of their new CD, Celebrando!, which was recorded live at Kerrytown Concert House. With saxophonist Andrew Bishop, trombonist Vincent Chandler, guitarist Ron English, bassist Kurt Krahnke, drummer Bill Higgins, percussionist Jose "Pepe" Espinosa, and vocalist Ange Smith.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5) includes a CD. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Carlene Carter: The Ark.

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The daughter of June Carter and her first husband Carl Smith, Carlene is a veteran country singer-songwriter who made her biggest splash with a long series of hit rockin' country singles in the early and mid 90s. Her new CD, Carter Girl, is a collection of songs spanning the generations from the original Carter Family trio through her mother and aunts (aka the Carter Sisters) to Carlene herself. "She doesn't approach these old songs as sacred relics to be enshrined with pious respect," says NPR reviewer Ken Tucker. "Rather, she treats them like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation., 985-0875. [map]
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