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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 17, 2017

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 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Paterson": Michigan Theater.

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(Jim Jarmusch, 2016). Comic drama about the triumphs and defeats of daily life.
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 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

DONA Birth Doula Workshop: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Join us for a professional training that blends a deep appreciation for the miraculous physiology of women's bodies with a practical approach to the challenges of giving birth in a fear-based culture. How can we guide the birthing mother and her partner out of fear to strength and empowerment? Hands-on three-day training teaches practical support skills and fulfills two professional certification requirements for birth doulas through DONA International.
In this hands-on training, we will practice:support techniques for normal birth; how to troubleshoot common challenges; how to best facilitate informed choices; centering techniques, acupressure, massage and use of the rebozo; comfort measures and natural approaches to pain management; communication and advocacy skills for navigating the medical setting effectively; movement and positioning to support physiologic birth; and more!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $535.00 / $485.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Endangered Heritage Conference": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Feb. 16 & 17. U-M and visiting scholars give lectures on the threats to the world's natural and cultural heritage by war, climate change, globalization, and economic development.
4-8 p.m. (Feb. 16) & 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb. 17), 1636 SSWB/International Institute (Feb. 16), 1080 South University and Rackham Amphitheatre (Feb. 17). Free. 615-4059. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Non-member walk in rate: $15. Member walk-in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 (members, $10) drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Mindfulness for Adults Group: Still Waters Counseling.

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This unique experiential group will begin with gentle movement and ease into basic mindfulness practices such as awareness of breath, grounding through senses, and complete body relaxation. During the course of the sessions, other practices will be introduced that lend themselves to staying in the moment, and from there, learning to focus on positives as well as allowing joy into our lives. Experiential practiced will be mixed with new scientific information behind these practices, and lively discussion about applying them in the challenges of daily life. Classes are facilitated by Smita Nagpal, Ph.D.
Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr. Saline MI 48176, Saline. 7349443446. [map]


Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Prevent and Prevail: an Open Exchange of Ideas about Sex, Drugs, Empowerment, and Prevention from STDs & HIV.: Dedicated to Make a Change.

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All teens invited to join a discussion about sex, drugs, empowerment, and prevention from STDs & HIV. Prevent & Prevail is a program created by youth for youth. The goal of Prevent & Prevail is to give a comprehensive sex and drug education. The discussions are in a safe, confidential, fun, and all inclusive environment. We believe Teens need to Just say KNOW.
Clubhouse, 104 South Huron #1, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 358 1402. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"AADL in the Field: Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Guided tour of the Ann Arbor water treatment plant, a complex of 2 facilities where the city treats on average some 14 million gallons a day of river and well water to deliver to Ann Arbor homes, schools, and businesses.
Noon-1:30 p.m., meeting location TBA. Free. Preregistration required via email to 327-4555.

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 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!
Non-member drop in rate is just $15, or become a Better Living Fitness Center member for at little as $39.99/month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships also available so you have more opportunities to get fit and have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

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3rd Annual Exhibit of local area African American artists sharing their art. This includes visual, literary and performance arts. Opening Art Reception is Friday, Feb 3 from 5-7pm.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 734-480-2787 [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country": U-M Anthropology Department Rappaport Lecture Series.

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U-M anthropology professor Mike McGovern presents a series of lectures exploring why the socialist Republic of Guinea has eluded the sort of violent civil conflict that have plagued all 6 of its neighbors.

Jan. 20: "Understanding the Absence of War."

Feb. 17: "Resentment: The Seeds of Violence Sown."

Mar. 10: "Nuvanuita: Ethnic Cleansing Planned Then Averted."

Mar. 31: "The Afterlife of a Socialist Habitus."

3 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor). Free. 764-7274.

 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Corruption and Forensic Experts in British India": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Lecture by University of Wisconsin law school professor Mitra Sharafi.
4-6 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]

 4:30 & 9 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action".

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]

 4:30 p.m. 

Fit Kids Condtitioning: FitPoint.

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This class gets kids moving with cross training and strengthening, and a variety of explosiveness, agility, balance and flexibility exercises. It builds skills for any sport, or helps kids just be fit and healthy.
Ages: 7-13.
Fridays at 4.30 p.m. and Saturday's at 1.00 p.m.
First class free
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $20 drop-in (first timers, free). 734.531.9958. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri. 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]

 6 p.m. 

Polo Benefit Gala: Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club.

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The Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club invites you to the Polo Benefit Gala in the Terrace Ballroom of The Graduate Hotel. Please join us for dinner, drinks, and a silent auction as we host our club's largest fundraiser of the year. We are also excited to welcome Mark Randisi as our musical entertainment. The Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club was founded in 2003 by students at the University of Michigan. Our club's 13 polo ponies are funded only by member dues and the generous support of our donors. Tickets are $40 per person and space is limited. Tickets can be purchased by credit card or PayPal on our website and will be subject to a small processing fee. Tickets will be available at the door for $50.
The Graduate Hotel, 615 E Huron St. $40. 2482284299. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee Lecture: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.
Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards and publications. To date, the firm has been awarded over 30 major awards, and a book on its work, entitled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firm's work, published in 2014 by 2G.
Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the Menil Drawin
A&A Auditorium, Room 2104, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Chapter Visioning": American Business Women's Association.

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Former ABWA district vice president Julie Sullivan leads a discussion of the club's goals through 2020. Nonmembers welcome. The program begins with networking and dinner.
6 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free; buy your own dinner. Reservations required by noon on Feb. 12 at [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends and Music at Calvary": Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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All adults and teens with special needs invited for singing, dancing, and activities. Caregivers welcome. Food.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood. Free. Preregistration requested., 971-3121. [map]

 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Julieta": Michigan Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2016). After running into an old friend of her estranged daughter, a brokenhearted woman reflects on her life. Spanish, 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 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including Indiana poet Tara Jay and St. Paul poet Danez Smith.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. North Carolina State.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 10-12, 17, & 18. Erin Palmer directs students in Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Linda Woolverton's musical version of the classic love story between a lovely maiden and a loathsome beast who must earn a maiden's love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. The popular score includes "Belle," "Be Our Guest," and the title song.
7 p.m. (except Feb. 12, 2 & 7 p.m.), Dexter High Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Book Discussion.

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Crazy Wisdom staff member Rachel Pastiva leads a discussion of The Economist science correspondent. Matt Kaplan's lively book about the history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Legendary Wings: Legendary Wings.

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Legendary Wings with leader Dan Bennett (sax), Tim Haldeman (sax), Justin Walter (trumpet), Josef Deas (bass) and Charlie Sutherland (guitar), Jesse Kramer (drums). Come hear some invigorating Jazz: Bebop, Monk, Henderson, Ballads and Improvisational Surprises.
Rush Street, 314 South Main Street. Tip Jar to Show Appreciation and Support for Awesome Music and Wonderful Musicians. (734) 531-6187. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Shane Torres: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 16-18. Texas-bred stand-up comic, self-described as a "Native American Meatloaf impersonator," who is known for the disarmingly casual style with which he delivers jokes about plasma centers, getting fired from Kinko's, and other quotidian indignities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Viola Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Adoring & Adored: The Good Girls of Art Song": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Ann Arbor-based soprano Ariana Strahl-who sings with "devastating brilliance and incredible ease," according to an Opera Tattler review-is joined by U-M opera coach and pianist Kathleen Kelly in art songs written by and about women, including works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and others.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Dawn Dance Weekend": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 17-19. A weekend of contra, English, square, and couple dancing to live music, with around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. This year's headliners: Caller Adina Gordon with the Vermont contra band The Figments and English dance caller Melissa Running with music by fiddler Earl Gaddis & pianist Karen Axelrod.
8 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 17 & 18), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 18), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 19), Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. $20-$25 for individual dances; weekend pass, $85. 658-8228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 16-19. U-M theatre professor Daniel Cantor directs U-M drama students in Anne Washburn's 2012 dark comedy, set after a global catastrophe in the near future, about a group of survivors who reach for comfort by recreating an episode of The Simpsons that in the process of continuous re-enactments over the course of nearly a century blossoms into a full-blown myth. "That single Simpsons episode becomes a treasure-laden bridge, both to the past and into the future," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley. "And in tracing a story's hold on the imaginations of different generations, the play is likely to make you think back--way back--to narratives that survive today from millenniums ago."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Noises Off": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 2-19. Professional actors perform Michael Frayn's popular comedy, which the New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written," about the hilarious misadventures of an acting troupe on tour with an awful British sex farce called Nothing On. The action features a backstage view of rehearsals and performances sabotaged by bloated egos, petty jealousies, furtive romances, and other distractions.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Sketchual Healing": Neighborhood Theater Group.

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Feb. 16-18, 24, & 25. Kristin Anne Danko directs this local theater company in an evening of original comedy sketches about love and relationships. Cast: Marisa Dluge, Daniel Ghastin, Brittney Nobles, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen. Live music by the company's house band. Short opening act by NTG company member Chris Jakob.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $10 (students, $5) in advance at

and at the door. 657-2337.

 8 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]

 8 p.m. 

"The Winter's Tale": U-M Musical Theatre Studio.

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Feb.16-19. Malcolm Tulip directs U-M musical theater students in Shakespeare's dark romance about a king whose insane jealousy leads him to banish his wife and child. He pays dearly for his rash actions but after a long period of repentance is joyfully reunited with his family. This play is filled with classic fairy-tale motifs, including a romance between a prince and a commoner and a statue that magically comes to life. (Yes, musical theater students: they're working on their acting skills.)
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $18 (students, $12) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Acoustic Night at Avalon Cafe and Kitchen: Avalon Cafe and Kitchen.

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Feb. 4 - Jay Fry, an Ann Arbor native with a Modern Folk feel.
Feb. 10 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 11 - Evan Haywood and Issac Levine.
Feb. 17 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 18 - Charlie and Friends, string bass and slam poetry.
Feb. 24 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 25 - Charlie and Rebecca and Friends, string bass, vocals and Uke.
March 4 - Jay Fry, an Ann arbor native with a Modern Folk feel.
Avalon Cafe and Kitchen, 120 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 263-2996. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": 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. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

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