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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination.

Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.

10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (10 a.m.), 994-5908 (1 p.m.). [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Math Mayhem": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 28 & 29. Math activities such as 3-D puzzles taller than an adult and information on how to walk through a single piece of paper.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 11 a.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!
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Memberships start at just $39.99/month and include four Full Body Fits per month -- other memberships & a wide variety of strength, cardio, & Yoga classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Winter Festival: The Petting Farm.

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Join us for our Winter Festival. We will have activities in our heated Pole Barn that include snowman bowling, snowball toss, slap shot, ice fishing.
Weather permitting we will have a snow sculpture contest!
Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be available.
*Most activities are included in the cost of admission to the farm.
The Petting Farm at Domino's Farms, 3001 Earhart Rd. $6. 7349980182. [map]

 11:15 a.m. 

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.


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]

 1, 3:45, & 7 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]

 1-4 p.m. 

"Snow Much Fun!": Washtenaw County Park s & Recreation.

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You and your family are invited to join us for a new Winter Fun Fest event. Crafts, petting zoo, face painting, balloon twistrs, community campfire, treats, and free tube rentals.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $3 admission; free vehicle admission. 734-484-9676, ext. 202. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Sloth!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, our sloth, during the month of January! See him for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.
Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, porcupines, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.
The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6/child (2-12); $8/adult (13+); free (under 2). [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"8th Annual Preschool Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from area preschools are on hand to answer questions from parents of prospective preschoolers.
1-4 p.m., AADL 1st-floor lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1, 3:45, & 7 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]

 1:15, 4, 7:15 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]

 1:30 pm. 

Sundance Shorts: Michigan Theater.

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A collection of 8 the best animated and live action short films from the 2016 Sundance competition.
1:30 p.m. (Jan. 29) & 7 p.m. (Jan. 31), Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME, [map]

 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) 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.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) iis an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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

 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Boundaries of the Self, Learn Ways to Strengthen & Regulate Your Boundaries: Carole Kirby, Lmsw.

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Our boundary is the invisible protective screen that develops around the self to hold our developing self intact as children. The boundaries provide a sense of security for children and protect their innocence. Later our boundaries determine our sense of self-esteem, our self-confidence, our sense of control over our lives and our personal freedom.
With clearly defined boundaries, we know our own thoughts and feelings and, in turn, are able to interpret and regulate our interactions with our world. Boundaries can become blurred through boundary invasion or boundary neglect.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-369-2016. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

CrossBow: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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13-member fiddle-based band from Allendale that plays traditional Irish and Scottish music, along with some pop covers with a Celtic twist.
2-4 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Creature Feature" Little Creatures Co. (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.

Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Feb. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Skins, Scat, and Skulls." Presentation and demonstration walk by naturalist Dave Szczygiel, with specimens from his collection of Michigan animal skulls and skins, on how various creatures use their specialized body parts and how to recognize animal signs in the wild.

Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.): "Bats of the World." Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation display and discuss the habits and vulnerabilities of live bats from around the world, including some with a nearly 3-foot wingspan.

Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Bears." WNHA naturalists discuss the biology, habits, and distribution of Michigan's black bears, as well as the DNR efforts to maintain a healthy black population and what people need to do to live in harmony with them.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Computer Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).

June 4: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 11: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

June 18: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 25: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

July 9: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

July 16: "Roblox Studio." Learn how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics to make your own video game.

July 23: ""Minecraft Resource Pack Creation." Learn how to change Minecraft visuals and alter the textures of mobs, blocks, and your game character.

July 30: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Europe on Paper: The Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of graphic art by Austrian and German expressionists and the inventive Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Popcorn Falls": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb 12. Daniel Walker directs Michigan playwright James Hindman's new play, a wacky backstage comedy about the mishaps and mayhem of putting on a play. Set in Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame--its namesake waterfall--has dried up. Now bankrupt, its last chance is a large grant contingent on town producing a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge. Stars Jeff Priskorn and Jonathan Jones, who play 15 roles between them.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 4. Guy Sanville directs local actors in the world premiere of EMU football assistant coach (and U-M football player) Brian Letscher's dark comedy about a brilliant young man struggling with his father's sudden death and the revelation that his parents' marriage wasn't everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general. Cast: David Bendena, Sarab Kamoo, Wayne David Parker, Jim Porterfield.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask": UMMA.

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Jan. 22 & 29. Docent-led tour of the current exhibit that traces the provenance of a mask that was collected in 1905 in Angola by German explorer Leo Frobenius.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Chowgirls Killer Party Food: Righteous Bites & Cocktails for Every Season": Nicola's Books.

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Michigan-born chef Heidi Andermack and Minneapolis-based chef Amy Lynn Brown, cofounders of Chowgirls Killer Catering, discuss their new cookbook. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Handheld Scripture: An Introduction to Tibetan Book Covers": UMMA.

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New York-based Asian art consultant Kathryn Selig Brown discusses Protecting Wisdom, the current UMMA exhibit of Tibetan book covers that she curated.
3-4:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 11 and beginning again Jan. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring exploring some of the evidence of mastodon and mammoth hunting by people who lived in Michigan between 10 and 15 thousand years ago. Also, info about the recent Bristle mammoth find on a Chelsea farm. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Spring Awakening": Dexter Community Players.

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Jan. 20-22 & 27-29. Keshia Daisy Oliver directs local actors in Stephen Sater and Duncan Sheik's new musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society. The score is a mix of alt-rock and folk-rock. Cast: Matthew Wallace, Laura Chodoroff, Christopher Joseph, Jessica Miorelli, Emma Clayton, George Micah Woods, Elliot Berg, Joseph Straub, Julia Janda, Kyra Pazan, Brandon Cave, and Angela Elowsky.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at, 726-0355. [map]

 4 p.m. (postponed)  Free! 

Postponed: Hymn Festival: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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The church's choir performs a program of hymns.
4 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m. 

Inon Barnatan, Anthony McGill, & Alisa Weilerstein: University Musical Society.

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New York Philharmonic featured piano soloist Barnatan, New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, and cellist (and MacArthur "Genius") Weilerstein perform Beethoven's playful Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major and Brahms' Clarinet Trio, a work that prompted a friend of Brahms to say, "it is as though the instruments are in love with each other." The program also includes Joseph Hallman's new short stories, which was co-commissioned by UMS.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $26-$52 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XV": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3 & 4. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Founder Wendy Bloom directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 29, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. kerrytownconcerthouse, 769-2999. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"Blue Moon Dance and Music Jams with Cold Tone Harvest": Stone Chalet Bed and Breakfast Inn and Event Center.

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Chelsea-based acoustic roots music quartet Cold Tone Harvest performs a set. Followed by a chance to dance to live music by the band, with dance activities led by local choreographer Cristina Sears, who helps participants explore partnering skills such as weight-sharing, counter-balance, and safe lifts. All ages and skill levels welcome.
4:30 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Tickets $12 (families, $28) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 417-7223. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Frank Chiou: U-M School of Music.

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This Ohio Wesleyan University piano professor performs all of Chopin's works in B major and B minor.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun., except Jan. 1. 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., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email to confirm. 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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End your weekend on a relaxing note! Designed to be restorative and stress relieving, this class can improve your flexibility and help you sleep better.
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. Yoga packages available!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 6 p.m. 

The Party! 2017: The Arts Alliance.

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The pARTy! 2017 is an annual fundraising event that celebrates and recognizes outstanding achievements in arts, sciences and humanities in Washtenaw County.
The Arts Alliance Medals for Arts, Sciences & Humanities honor the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of Washtenaw County artists, creatives, individuals, businesses and organizations.
Philanthropic Excellence Medal: The Buhr Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Medal: Carla Diriklov Canales
Outstanding Service Medal: Ken Fischer, president, University Musical Society and arts presenter extraordinaire
The Arts Alliance 21st Century Awards are awarded periodically to recognize those who have demonstrated - through action and accomplishment- progressive approaches to the advancement of the arts, sciences and humanities in Washtenaw County.
Excellence in Education Award: Laith Al-Saadi, musician
Tamara Real Emerging Leader Award: Allison Louise Buck, operations manager, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Melange Bistro, 312 S. Main St. $100-$250. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Jan. 1, 15, & 29. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"En Español Festival: Sounds of the Hispanosphere": U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 29-Feb. 4. Concerts, lectures, and master classes that celebrate music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture. Tonight: Recital by Duo Villalobos (7:30 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus), a Barcelona-based duo that specializes in music written for cello and guitar but also plays originals and arrangements of classical, contemporary, folk, and traditional repertoire.
Different times & locations. Free. 615-3204.

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (May 14) & Pendleton Room (May 21, June 11 & 18, July 9, 16, & 23) and Michigan League Ballroom (June 4 & 25). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Fire and Ice Tango Festival": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Jan. 27-29. This annual tango festival features evening dance parties. Preceded each day by afternoon workshops (see for workshop schedule and pricing).
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. (Jan. 27) & Ballroom (Jan. 28 & 29). $10 (tentative). [map]

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