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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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 7 a.m.  Free! 

BNI-Ann Arbor West weekly meeting: BNI Ann Arbor West chapter.

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The BNI Ann Arbor West Chapter meets every Thursday at 242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, 48103 (behind Kroger). Meetings are held from 7-8:30 a.m. and visitors are welcome. For more information or a reservation to attend, please call Tom Wright at 734 678 1090.
242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd. Free. 734 678 1090. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Owl's Winter": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 19-21. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2.
10 a.m. (Jan. 19 & 20), 12:30 p.m. (Jan. 20), & 11 a.m. (Jan. 21), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Transportation: Don't Turn in Your Car Keys Yet!": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. Jan. 5-Feb. 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures TBA by different U-M and guest scholars.

Jan. 5: Former GM vice-president of research, development, and planning Larry Burns, author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Mobility for the 21st Century, discusses "Transforming Mobility: The Signal in the Noise."

Jan. 12: U-M Transportation Institute SMART managing director Susan Zielinski on "The New World of Transportation: Connected, Multi-Modal, and Information-Technology Enabled."

Jan. 19: U-M mechanical engineering professor Huei Peng on "Automated and Connected Vehicles: History, Development, M-City, an the Future."

Jan. 26: U-M electrical engineering and computer science professor and Toyota Research Institute autonomous driving development codirector Edwin Olsen on "Safety of Autonomus Vehicles: Technology and Policy."

Feb. 2: U-M urban planning professor Jonathan Levine on "Smart Policies, Smart Transportation: Impacts on Urban/Suburban/Rural Life."

Feb. 9: Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan CEO Michael Ford on "The Future of Mass Transit in Southeast Michigan: Where Do We Go from Here?."

10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddler Hike: North Woods Wildlife": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads toddlers, accompanied by a caregiver, on a hike to look for signs of animal life.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park. Free; preregistration required at (registration #821003, section B). 971-6337, ext. 335.

 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]

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Español Intermedio: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Want to improve your proficiency and feel more confident using your Spanish language skills? Join us as we explore the culturally rich and intellectually stimulating Mundo De Español. Classes include vocabulary, mini-grammar lessons with written and spoken exercises, opportunities to speak individually and in pairs/small groups and guided reading selections. Participants are expected to have a solid background of basic Spanish and be able to comprehend discussion. Our text, The Complete Spanish Grammar by Gilda Nissenberg (1st or 2nd edition), is available through Mary Thomas is a retired high school Spanish teacher. This class meets various Mondays and Thursdays: 1/19, 1/23, 1/26, 1/30, 2/2, 2/9, 2/13, 2/16, 2/20, 3/2, 3/6, and 3/9.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. $45. 734-998-9351. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Winter Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (Jan. 5-Feb. 9. CDL youth 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]

 11:30 a.m. 

WXW - Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever - One Day at a Time: Women's Exchange of Washtenaw - WXW.

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"How we spend our days is of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard
Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder what happened? Somehow you never got around to half the stuff you intended to get done. Why do our days so regularly get hijacked? And why is there never enough time? While Nan cannot add more hours to your day, she can show you how, by making even minor shifts in your routines, you can not only make your time go further, you can reap huge benefits in the quality of your days. And of course, days add up to weeks, months and years. The rest of your life in fact!
This event will be highly interactive - tapping into the collective wisdom in the room. You will walk out with a host of tips that are easy to implement right away.
Learn strategies to intentionally shape the quality of your days. Don't just let the day happen to you!
Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $25. 734-355-9185. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Life After Loss: Grief Recovery Discussion": Still Waters Counseling.

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Still Waters Counseling is hosting a Grief Recovery Discussion, led by therapist Kathryn Raths, M.A., LLPC. This event is FREE and open to the community. This 1-hour conversation about grief will address understanding what is normal, expectations, and coping. Kathryn is the author of What Can I Saw When Words Escape Me - Being Present in Times of Sorrow. Her extensive work in grief recovery and group counseling make her an invaluable resource for finding support in times of loss. Through discussions and group counseling, she brings her experience and knowledge to those who need it most. If you have any questions, please call us at (734) 944-3446 for information.
Still Waters Counseling, 37 Keveling Dr., Saline. Free. (734) 944-3446. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians and a snowflake making workshop with longtime paper snowflake artist (and U-M physician) Thomas Clark (Jan. 5). Jan. 12: Flutist Melissa-Kay Grey and pianist Naki Kripfgans perform works inspired by bird songs, such as Messiaen's Le Merle Noir, Popp's Nightingale Serenade, and Shalumit Ran's Birds of Paradise. Jan. 19: Jazz piano by the Bob Sweet Trio. Jan. 26: Folk music by Harmony Bones.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to learn "Folk Dances around the World," including traditional dances from Argentina, Colombia, India, Ireland, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Japan and many other countries, all choreographed to a Zumba style dance party. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]

 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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A CDL librarian leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Jan. 19: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel based on a 19th-century murder case in which a servant was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper/mistress.

Feb. 16: Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's study of the sorts of women who make history and the ways they do it.

Mar. 16: The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri's quirky, bittersweet portrait of a 2nd-generation Indian immigrant in America.

Apr. 20: Elsewhere, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo's memoir, a hilarious, bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother-and the small upstate New York town she spent her life trying to escape.

May 18: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about a precocious young boy--inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, and pacifist--who searches the 5 boroughs of New York for the lock that fits a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Nov. 16: Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in a hardscrabble community on the Maine coast, about a junior high math teacher and her family and friends.

1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Rembering J.L.Hudson: Detroit Historical Society.

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To Detroiters, the name "Hudson's" evokes many memories. The world's largest American flag, Freedaom Festival Fireworks, magical animated Christmas windows and the home of the real Santa Claus to name a few. Those memories come alive in this lecture presentation by Hudson's veteran and historian, Michael Hauser. Attendees will be treated to signage, photos, artifacts, and video clips of Detroit's home grown retailer, once the anchor of Woodward Avenue.
Story Point, 6230 South State Street, Saline. Free. 734-944-6600. [map]

 4, 7:30, & 9:55 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Aponte's Vision: Toward Hemispheric Histories of Black Antislavery": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Lecture by New York University history professor Ada Ferrer.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 4:15 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Jackie": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the wake of JFK's assassination
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Walk in non-member price: $15, OR join for as little as $39.99 a month for one Full Body Fit class a week.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Copy": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Lecture by Joan Linder and Paul Vanouse, both artists who employ the art of copying in their work. An exhibit of Linder's drawings, Atomic Highways and Byways, opens at the UMMA on Jan. 19 (see Galleries).
5 p.m., UMMA. Free. 936-3518.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Joe Sacco: Galvanizing New Audiences Through Social Justice Comics": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Talk by this Maltese American cartoonist and journalist who's best known for his graphic historical novel Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza, a collection of oral histories from elderly Palestinians who witnessed a mass murder in the 1956 Suez War.
5 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p. m. 

Monthly Fellowship, Dinner & Continuing Education: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Monthly membership meeting of regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is, and the global IMA website is Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Rd. approx $25. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class will move quickly and is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice.
Drop in, non-member rate: $15. Packages and discounts for Better Living Fitness Center members available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Conversation with Kelly Link": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This Northampton (MA) short story writer discusses her work with novelist and U-M English professor Claire Vaye Watkins. Link also gives a reading Jan. 17 (see listing).
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Loss of Parent: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after the person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care offers a supportive caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to support the nonprofit's programming. All programs are limited to 10 participants and registration is required.
For more information, please contact Cindy Palmer @ 734-794-5177 or
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except. Jan. 1. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

Tango 101: Robin Hills Farm.

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Argentine Tango is a beautiful vehicle for expression and connection. In "Tango 101," Sophia and José will teach the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, giving students the tools to connect with their partners, to walk with both grace and intensity, as well as to improvise to the music.
This class is open to all levels- no partner or experience necessary! Tuition: $50 per person (for 6-week course).
Rough syllabus for 'Tango 101':
1st week (Jan 5th) - Walking and Connection
2nd week (Jan 12th) - How to Do 'Back Ochos'
3rd week (Jan 19th) - Forward/Back Ochos
4th week (Jan 26th) - The Cross
5th week (Feb 2nd) - Ocho Cortado
6th week (Feb 9th) - Turns to the Right
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $50. 7348348496. [map]

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Manchester by the Sea": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:15 p.m. 

"Fire at Sea": Michigan Theater.

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(Gianfranco Rosi, 2016). Documentary about life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European refugee crisis. Italian & English, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Prague Philharmonia: University Musical Society.

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Founded in 1994, this orchestra is known for its sparkling passion. Tonight they perform Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A Minor with violin virtuoso Sarah Chang, who, at the age of 8, was called "the most wonderful, perfect, ideal violinist" by the late violinist Yehudi Menuhin. They also perform Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 1 in G Minor with pianist Andrew Von Oeyen, who "leaves you convinced he can do absolutely anything he likes with a keyboard," says a Chicago Tribune review. The program also includes Smetana's "Die Moldau" from Má vlast and Dvorak's Symphony no. 8 in G Major.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$90 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 19-22. Melissa Freilich directs local actors in Sarah Ruhl's 2010 Tony-nominated comedy about Victorian gender roles and female sexuality. A physician finds success when he begins to treat his female patients' "hysteria" with the recently invented vibrator, but when his young wife breaks into his office to try the device for herself, erotic and emotional chaos erupts.

Cast: Liana Abela, Ellen Blanchard, Greg Kovacs, Maegan Murphy, Amanda Photenhauer, and Rob Roy.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 19), 8 p.m. (Jan. 20 & 21), & 2 p.m. (Jan. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 for any performance) in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Bioarchaeology of the Human Skeletal Remains from the Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Lecture by EMU sociology, anthropology, and criminology lecturer Sherry Fox.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 8 p.m. 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 19-21. New York City monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Red Tail Ring: The Ark.

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Kalamazoo duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who perform Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies, along with originals in the same vein. Opening act is Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, a local country-inflected folk-rock quintet led by singer-songwriter Misty Lyn.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Stephen Boegehold's Way of Dreams Band: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Detroit drummer and composer Boegehold leads his sextet in jazz inspired by the expansiveness of dreams. With bassist Ben Rolston, saxophonists Andrew Bishop and Molly Jones, and guitarist Kirsten Carey.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Yarn/Wire: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this M-Prize finalist, an energetic NYC-based piano and percussion quartet that plays adventurous contemporary music.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Lost in London Live": Fathom Events.

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Academy Award-nominated actor Woody Harrelson directs and stars in this film, shot and broadcast live, loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events. The action follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends, and the law conspire to keep him from succeeding. Also stars Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson.
9 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $14 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).

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