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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Architecture Fellows": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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William Muschenheim Fellowship - Laida Aguirre
Laida Aguirre is an architectural designer and artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Northeastern University and a Master of Architecture from California Polytechnic Pomona where she is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Architecture.
Walter B. Sanders Fellow - Steven Lauritano
Steven Lauritano is a theorist and historian of architecture and the visual arts. He earned his doctorate from Yale University in December 2016 and is currently completing a book project on Karl Friedrich Schinkel's conception of history, based on the Prussian designer's experimental work with antique remains.
Willard A. Oberdick Fellow - Brittany Utting
Brittany Utting holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University where she received the Sonia Albert Schimberg Prize as outstanding graduating woman and was awarded teaching fellowships under Peter Eisenman and Emmanuel Petit.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Decisions at End of Life: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Do you know the facts and issues concerning end-of-life decisions?
Topics include: Michigan and federal laws on funerals, the discourse between family and doctors when a terminal illness is present, cross-cultural rituals about funerals, and local options and costs for cremation, green burial, etc.
The difference between powers of attorney and advance directives will be explained. Handouts will include this information plus a list of facts for your survivors.
Instructor Marion Holt has extensive knowledge of end of life topics and has developed two courses on aging. This study group for those 50 and over will be held on April 11.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better Living Fitness of Ann Arbor has designed this class to be a challenging yoga workout! In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Jesus, Women, and Early Christianity: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We'll explore how Jesus interacted with and treated women during his ministry and how they responded. Looking into questions like: What were the cultural norms for women during Jesus' life? Was Jesus a feminist? What do Paul's letter to the Romans and John's Gospel tell us about early women disciples? Then we will discuss women's roles in the very early Christian communities up to about 300 A.D.
The New Testament will be used as well as several other references. There will be time for questions and discussion and some possibly surprising revelations. An outline and list of references will be provided. Over the past 50 years, there has been a wealth of academic and research interest in these topics and well over 100 books have been written.
This study group for those 50 and over will be led by instructor Peggy Clough on April 11 and April 18.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. $15. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Write Your Way Home: A Hands-On Writing Workshop": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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In this hands-on workshop, the instructions are simple: Keep your hand moving, dig deep, give yourself permission to write drech, tell the truth. I'll give prompts and we'll work in 15-minute bursts; then we'll share what we wrote. For experienced writers and novices alike, this practice is a powerful tool for cutting through to your authentic voice. Bring pen and paper and be prepared to use them. Tanya Shaffer is an award-winning playwright and author of the travel memoir "Somebody's Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa". Her stories and essays have appeared on and in numerous anthologies.
This Study Group will meet on Wednesdays from April 11 - May 16.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $35. (734)-998-9351. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 4: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 11 & 15: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 18: "Windy Weather." Apr. 25 & 29: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

Deborah Pae: Society for Musical Arts.

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This EMU cello professor performs works by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. With pianist Narae Joo. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($18).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 4 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5). Lunch reservations required by calling 662-3279. Info:, 930-0353. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue., 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed., 11 a.m.-noon Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 1, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
State Theatre. 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.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1:15 & 6:30 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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]

 1:30 p.m. 

"AIReal Yoga": Ringstar Studio.

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AIReal Yoga is real yoga, in the air. Using an aerial silks-style hammock as its primary prop, students are able to explore deeper, more "honest" stretches, spine-lengthening inversions, and floating savasana. All levels of yogi are welcome at these intro-level classes. Elevate your practice!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. 734-335-1625. [map]

 1:30, 2, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30 & 10 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
State Theatre. 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.

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Grease": Fathom Events.

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Apr. 8 & 11. (Randal Kleiser, 1978). 40th-anniversary screening of the classic John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John musical. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies hosts.
2 & 7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. $8.25-$10.50. 973-8424. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"SDL Iron Chef": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to compete in a cooking challenge.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & 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. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3 & 6 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzý, 2018). Comedic drama starring Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland as a roadtripping couple traveling from Boston to Key West in an RV they call "the Leisure Seeker."
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]

 3:15 & 8:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What Female Economists Learned Bringing Research to White House Policy Making": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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Panel discussion with University of Texas economics professor Sandra Black, U-M public policy professor Betsey Stevenson, and U-M education policy professor Susan Dynarski, who also moderates. Black & Stevenson each served on Obama's Council of Economic Advisors.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-3893. [map]

 4:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Flower": State Theatre.

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(Max Winkler, 2018). Darkly comic coming-of-age story about a teen girl who enlists her friends to entrap a high school teacher whom they believe to be a pedophile. Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott.
State Theatre. 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.

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
New students will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop-in class, all students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. [map]

 5:00 - 7:30 pm  Free! 

Pre-School Open House: Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori.

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Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori Pre-school is holding an Open House to invite interested parents and students to come visit our school, meet our teachers and see what our traditional Montessori classroom has to offer their child.
Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. (734) 330-8190. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. except July 4. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-group personal training: a full body strength training, cardio, and flexibility routing customized to your fitness level!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec": U-M Author's Forum.

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U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki and U-M anthropology professor Andrew Shryock discuss Zubrzycki's book examining the importance of the annual Feast of St. John the Baptist to Quebecois national identity.
5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Designer Genes? Genetic Engineering in the Age of CRISPR": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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Talks on the scientific, ethical, legal, & social implications of gene editing by U-M medical sociology professor Jody Platt, U-M public health grad student Daniel Thiel, and U-M Transgenic Animal Model Core director Thom Saunders. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m. 

"Mindful Parents & Educators Spring Intro Course": The U School.

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Offered from within the U School's U Family program, MINDFUL PARENTS & EDUCATORS (MP&E) is a course which introduces a comprehensive and rigorous system of attentional training. The goal of MP&E is to help grown-ups become more adept at staying in the moment, especially when in the presence of children (who learn a lot from the subtleties about us). There are two bottom lines: 1: A solid mindfulness practice makes us happier. 2: When we are happier, our children tend to be happier and healthier too.
Upcoming Spring MP&E Intro Course:
- 8 sessions (4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30)
- Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm-8pm
- Remote participation is offered through Skype.
The U School, 3630 Plaza Dr. 5A and 6A. $104 (individual), $156 (partners). 7343689551. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Beauty of Native Plants": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by Creating Sustainable Landscapes (Novi) owner Drew Lathin.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Grow Native Plants": Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Talk by Wildtype Native Plants and Ecological Services owner Bill Schneider.
6:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 604-4674.

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"A World of Health : Connecting People, Place, and Planet": Michigan Friends Center.

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A healthy environment is essential for human health and well being. This six-session discussion course helps participants explore the connections between the health of our communities and the health of our planet. You also learn about the limitations of the current medical model and the places where our personal health intersects with the environment-from our food and homes, to our communities and society. Together, we will discover actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment.
Each session is based on a set of readings from the NWEI course book, with rotating facilitation by course participants. This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with ICPJ and Transition Town Chelsea.
For registration information, check our website at
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. Sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover book and other course costs; pre-registration required.. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 769-3994. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Book Discussions: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited. Apr. 11: Mr. Rochester, Sarah Shoemaker's retelling of Jane Eyre from Rochester's point of view. Shoemaker is in attendance. May 9: Thank You for Your Service, David Finkel's book based on interviews with veterans of recent U.S. wars.
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

Apr. 11 (7 p.m.): Grass Lake-based historic property renovator Wendy Chiodo discusses "Historic Gardens."

May 12 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.): Garage Sale. Club fundraiser. Donated items may be dropped off at the Depot on Thursday, May 10 from 3-8 p.m. or Friday, May 11 from 3-7 p.m.

June 13 (7 p.m., location TBA): "Garden Tour."Tour of club member Jodi Smolek's garden. Preregistration required.

July 11 (7 p.m.): "Garden Tours." Tour of a farm in Manchester.

Aug. 8 (7 p.m.): "Garden Tour." Tours at homes of members Carol Jackson and Mariette Purslow.

Sept. 12 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & planning meeting at the Chelsea Train Depot. Guests welcome.

Various times, Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Paul VornHagen Quartet: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This ensemble led by saxophonist VornHagen also includes bassist Kurt Krahnke and a pianist and drummer TBA. Tonight they present "The American Songbook of Jazz," featuring standards by the likes of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Thelonius Monk.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Serendipity Books AfterHours Book Club.

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All invited to discuss a book. Wine and chocolate provided. Apr. 11: a book TBA by one of the Midwest Literary Walk authors. May 16: Clare North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, a sci-fi novel about a man who keeps reliving his life.

July 18: Bird Box, Michigan writer Josh Malerman's hit horror debut about an unknown terror that drives people to deadly violence when seen. Blindfolded, a woman and her children search for refuge.

Sept. 12: TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. 475-7148. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmasters Meeting: Sweetwaters Toastmasters Meeting.

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Toastmasters is an international group devoted to helping each other grow in our abilities to give speeches. The Sweetwaters Toastmasters Club meets twice monthly. We are a fun and friendly group! Toastmasters also helps you develop leadership skills if you wish to do that. Come as many times as you want for free, and decide later if you want to join. In the meantime, come make new friends and have fun!
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea on Washington Street, 123 West Washington Street. Free. 323-286-3999. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Well-Dressed Salad": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to preparing several basic salad dressing combinations. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Talk by club member Joan Hellmann. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass). Also, a potluck on May 9 with a program TBA.
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by EMU history professor emeritus Jiu-Hwa Upshur, of Kremlin Rising, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser's 2005 book about Putin's plot to re-consolidate power in the Kremlin and reverse the post-Soviet democratic revolution in Russia.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]

 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. 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! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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The Arbor Consort, the official madrigal singing group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, is having open rehearsals for singers of all voice types interested in joining the group. Interested singers can come any Wednesday in March or April to learn more about us. Members will go on different weekends, August 18-Sept 30, to sing in small a cappella ensembles at the Michigan Renaissance Festival .
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Cosmosophy, a collection of Steiner's lectures.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Virgin Suicides": Michigan Theater.

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(Sofia Coppola, 1999). Adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides's novel, set in suburban Michigan in the 70s, about 5 doomed sisters and the neighborhood boys who worship them. Q&A with panelists from Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8.

 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Between Earth and Heaven": U-M Contemporary Directions Ensemble & International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Oriol Sans conducts these 2 ensembles of music majors in a program highlighted by Messiaen's Chants de Terre et de Ciel, with internationally acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold. Also, Anna Thorvaldsdottir's ethereal Aequilibria, Amy Beth Kirsten's L'Ange PÔle, Nico Muhly's Hymns for Private Use, and George Crumb's Madrigals Book II, which includes song settings of Lorca's poetry. Note: Limited seating; early arrival recommended.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Menopause: The Musical": GFour Productions.

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National touring production of Jeanie Linders' 2001 musical comedy about 4 middle-aged women at a department store lingerie sale. The show is best known for its parodies of 50s-80s pop staples, including the likes of "Puff, My God I'm Draggin'," "Staying Awake, Staying Awake," "Please Make Me Over."
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $45-$65 in advance at To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Note: Today's dance is free.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Apr. 4 & 18), Michigan Union Pendleton Rm. (Apr. 11), & TBA (Apr. 25). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


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Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Jazz Manouche."

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1030s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarist Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Jordan Adema. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul- infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. [venue info]

Old Town: Josh Harlow Trio

A mix of originals and favorites by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Andrew Hill, and Duke Ellington by this ensemble led by Ann Arbor- based jazz composer-pianist Harlow. With bassist Brian Juarez and drummer Jon Taylor. . [venue info]


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