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Thursday, February 23, 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. http://a2bni.com/ [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 alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game that uses colorful tiles. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. All ages invited to play this intricate game that uses colorful tiles. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Library: Civilization's Treasure House of Knowledge": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Mar. 2), Feb. 16-Mar. 30. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Feb. 16: U-M Clements Library director Kevin Graffagnino discusses "'A Great Library Easily Begets Affection': The William L. Clements Library."

Feb. 23: WSU Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs director Eric Nordberg on "Detroit's Reuther Library: An Intersection of a City, a University, Organized Labor, and Social Justice."

Mar. 9: U-M Ford Library supervisory archivist Geir Gunderson on "The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library: People and Events Behind the Collections."

Mar. 16: U-M classics professor Francesca Schironi on "Saving the Past for the Future: The Legacy of the Library of Alexandria."

Mar. 23: U-M Labadie Collection curator Julie Herrada on "Discovering Radical History in the Joseph A. Labadie Collection."

Mar. 30: Ann Arbor District Library director Josie Parker on "Andrew Carnegie's Legacy Is Not Steel."

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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]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Feb. 9 & 23. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. The Humane Society also sponsors "Cat Tales Story Time" (Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m.) at their new cat café, the Tiny Lions Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1).
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Feb. 2: Folk singer-songwriter Matt Watroba. Feb. 9: Love songs by the Brad McNett Duo of jazz singer McNett and jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart. Feb. 16: Musical theater and cabaret by soprano Katharine Ball and accompanist Andrew Meagher. Feb. 23: Classical violin by U-M string students.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. except Jan. 5 & 19. Cultural or educational program preceded at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($4; seniors with reservations, $3).

Apr. 13: A speaker TBA discusses "826Michigan," the nonprofit that offers writing and tutoring programs for students, evening workshops for aspiring writers, and volunteer opportunities.

Apr. 20: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and associate campaign director Max Glick present "Stories from Nahalal," a report on their trip to Israel with 9 local teens.

Apr. 27: A speaker TBA discusses the "Genealogical Society of Ann Arbor."

May 4: Elvisfest director Mary Decker discusses this annual event held in Ypsilanti every July, the largest Elvis festival in North America.

May 18: Local social worker Barry Schumer discusses "Finding Happiness at Any Age."

May 25: A chance to meet and learn about a Therapaws therapy dog.

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1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: Alzheimer's Association.

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For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle Street, Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org alz.org/mglc/in_my_community_education.asp [map]



 3 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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 http://riversidearts.org [map]



 3:30, 6:45, & 9:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program 1"

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Screening of short documentaries 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 Evening time TBA. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 3. WSU. Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

Dec. 22. American. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10. Minnesota. Noon or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

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Noon, Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 6-7:30 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]


 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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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An Alzheimer's Association caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, to talk, and to meet with others coping with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Participation in a support group can be an empowering experience, helping members feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation. The group meets every 4th Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Cambrain Assisted Living, 33 N. Occidental Hwy, Tecumseh. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org https://goo.gl/bBjb6R [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 (Mon.) & 6:30 (Thurs.) p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Is Genesis History?": Fathom Events.

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(Thomas Purifoy, 2017). Documentary that follows the Truth Project Christian DVD series host Del Tackett as he meets with scientists and scholars around the world to discuss Creationism and evolution.
7 p.m., Rave, 4100 Carpenter. $11.50. 973-8424. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program 2"

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Screening of short documentaries 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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 cpalmer@arborhospice.org.
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. cpalmer@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: SUN SHEN.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Public Debate on Religious References: Michigan Political Union.

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Join the Michigan Political Union as we debate the following resolution: The United States government should remove all references of God from its oaths of office, currency, and public property.
Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street. Free. wpresley@umich.edu [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Your Studio: Flipside Art Studio.

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Come along and enjoy being in a creative space where you can bring along your own ideas for the work of art you would like to create. We will then help you reach your creative goals by showing you how to use specific techniques to reach your artistic goals. A fun and relaxed class. Register online to reserve your spot!
http://flipsideartstudio.com/Programs/class.cfm?courseID=1221
Flipside Art Studio, 255 E. Liberty St., Suite B213, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $30. 1.734.997.5066. info@flipsideartstudio.com flipsideartstudio.com [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing: The Printrbot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show adults and kids in grade 6 & up how use the Printrbot 3-D printer.
7-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Sat), AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:15 & 9:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs. (except Dec. 22 & 29), Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Joan Holland: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M harp professor performs works TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Sarah: Ypsilanti Running Company.

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Hour-long yoga class. All levels welcome. Please bring own mat.
Ypsilanti Running Company, 126 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10. 734.905.7194. alison@ypsirunning.com www.ypsirunning.com [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Test Batch": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Performances by new local improv groups.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $5. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Bil Dwyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 9-11.Veteran Midwestern stand-up comic who specializes in hip, sardonic takes on marriage, kids, and family life. A ubiquitous presence on cable TV, he also has a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]



 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

John Kilkenny: U-M School of Music.

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This George Mason University (VA) percussion professor performs works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Paul Vornhagen Trio.

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Saxophonist Paul Vornhagen will be joined by Kurt Krahnke (bassist) and Tony Viviano (piano) bring Jazz to you at the Session Room.
Session Room, 3685 Jackson Road. Free admission. (734) 585-7300. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Love, Loss and What I Wore": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 23-26 & Mar. 1-4. Jan Carpman directs local actors in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's witty, moving play based on Ilene Beckerman's bestselling 1995 book. Comprised of monologues and ensemble scenes, the play revolves around candid observations of contemporary women as they reflect on memories, frustrations, and aspirations associated with their wardrobes. Cast: Wendy Ascione-Juska, Briana Bower, Mary Higgins, Marie Jones, Daisy Mull, and Laura Sanders.
8 p.m. (Feb. 23-25 & Mar. 2-4) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26 & Mar. 1), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 483-7345. [map]


 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 purplerosetheatre.org 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. (canceled) 

"Twelfth Night": Ellipsis Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 2-12. (The shows originally scheduled for the last week of February were canceled due to illness.) Ellipsis founder Joanna Hastings directs this local company in a contemporary take on Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Twin refugees separated in a shipwreck find themselves stranded on the shore off New York City, each thinking that the other has drowned. The story explores the power of love--sibling love, romantic love, love between friends, love that develops between strangers--and particularly how love breaks down boundaries between people from different walks of life. Cast: Mark Isler, Scott Screws, Darius Franklin, Mouse Courtois, Breon Canady, Andaiye Spencer, Todd Sheets, Eric Bloch, Krystle Dellihue, Karl Sikkenga, Steven Weed, Jamie Jee.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at theatrenova.org and via email to ellipsistheatreboxoffice@gmal.com, and at the door. Pay-what-you-can admission available on Thurs. & Sun. 635-8450. [map]


 9 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]





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