He looks pretty good for 252

Mozart turns 252 this month, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is celebrating with a special concert featuring Orien Weiss on the piano.

Mozart's Birthday Bash will be January 26th at 8 pm at the Michigan Theater and will feature Mozart's Symphony No. 41, Piano Concerto No. 21, and the Overture to The Magic Flute.

Trying to avoid the cold until then? Check out our many biographies of Mozart. How many books about you will be in the library on your 252nd birthday?

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Lately, we have been watching that wacky show on BBC America, BARGAIN HUNT, and dreaming about spring and a return to the Ann Arbor Antiques Market so that we can do our own bargain hunting and up popped the Saline Area Historical Society's one day show this Saturday. This is the 21st annual show and it draws at least 50 juried dealers from throughout the Midwest who offer a wide variety of quality antiques. You might want to read up before you go: Passion For Antiques by Barbara Milo Ohrbach. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $3. 429-3164, 944-0713 Saturday, January 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bergman films at Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater presents another in the Great Director Series. This time up: Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. To quote Bergman, “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

The following films will be shown at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor: Wild Strawberries (1957) on January 14, Through a Glass Darkly (1961) on January 21, and Fanny & Alexander (1982) on January 29. See the theater’s website for film details and schedule. (The first film shown in the series, The Seventh Seal, was shown on January 7.)

Get that job!

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Have you suddenly found yourself out of work and need some help finding a new job? Get a Job Coach! The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan has Job Coaches who can help you find your way to the goal in the game of job hunting. Learn resume and cover letter preparation as well as interviewing and job searching skills. Contact the Center soon to register. The next workshop is February 26 from 1 to 4pm.

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Now in its seventh season, the Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) is the symphonic orchestra for members of the life sciences community at the University of Michigan. It was conceived to provide a performance outlet for the many faculty, staff, students, and volunteers in life science disciplines at the university who had previous musical training but few opportunities to play. This Saturday's concert features Gustav Holst's The Planets and the Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven. These concerts are free and open to the pulic. Saturday, January 12, 8:00 pm, Hill Auditoriumn

31st Ann Arbor Folk Festival

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The 31st Ann Arbor Folk Festival takes place at Hill Auditorium on Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26. Each night features a different line-up of artists starting at 6:30pm. Ben Folds Five, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin are among the long list of artists performing. All proceeds raised through the festival will benefit Ann Arbor’s The Ark. See The Ark’s website for more details on tickets and performers.

Credit cents

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Do you find credit ratings and debt management baffling? Start the new year out right by taking a three part class on Making Sense of Credit and Debt taught by the Michigan State University Extension. Classes begin on January 14 at the Washtenaw County Library Learning Resource Center. Pre-registration is required. Call 734-222-3943 before January 10 to register.

If going to a class doesn’t fit into your schedule, check out a book from the library's collection on credit and debt management like Starting Out by Sheryl Garrett. Start out 2008 with financial knowledge.

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Sometimes, bluegrass music just soothes the soul: that thumping bass rhythm, those old familiar songs. This week you can do yourself and nature some good at the same time. The RFD Boys, who have appeared locally since 1969, will be at The Ark and the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Leslie Science & Nature Center. This city parks' facility is situated on 50 acres of fields, woods, and prairie and provides natural science and environmental education opportunities for kids and their families. Saturday, January 5, The Ark, 316 S. Main. 761-1451. 8 p.m.

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What better way to greet the New Year then to listen to our hometown favs, The Chenille Sisters? We always go out of our way to hear them. This nationally renowned trio of singer-songwriters Cheryl Dawdy, Connie Huber, and Grace Morand is known for its "unbeatable combination of breathtakingly precise and resonant vocal harmonies, a comic wit that's both corny and subversive, and a delightfully eclectic repertoire of original songs mixed with jazz, swing, folk, and blues standards." And oh, those harmonies. The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 (includes champagne & party favors) in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. 10 p.m.

Fun for the kids over winter break!

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The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is featuring a family day themed "The Big Freeze" running December 26-31 from 10am-5pm. You'll be able to check out liquid nitrogen demonstrations, hands-on ice cream making, arctic facts and live reindeer. Check the museum's full schedule for those days to see what activities are happening when!
Hands-on Museum, $8 (members and infants free), 220 E. Ann St. 995-5439.

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