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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

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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.

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The nice thing about dinosaurs is that they are new and old at the same time. It seems each year another fascinating creature is discovered. In October, "the skeleton of what is believed to be a new dinosaur species -- a 105-foot plant-eater that is among the largest dinosaurs ever found -- has been uncovered in Argentina". You can't get more bang for your buck than that. Every Saturday & Sunday here in Ann Arbor you can take a 30-minute docent-led tour of the U-M Exhibit Museum's dinosaur exhibits. 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. 2 p.m.

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The Play Ground is still thinking about our trip to Hill Auditorium last year to see Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Every finger and toe was tapping along. Pure, sweet melody. Marsalis and UMS is bringing the group back this January featuring the Love Songs of Duke Ellington. Get out of our way, we need tickets. Wednesday, January 16, Hill Auditorium, 8pm.

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Youssou N'Dour and The Super Etoile is arguably the most famous band in Africa. We first became familiar with him in 1988 when he was a co-headliner on the Amnesty International "Human Rights Now!" tour alongside Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Tracy Chapman. N'Dour combines African musical traditions with Afro-Cuban and Western influences to create a world-pop fusion. Good to get your mind off holiday shopping. Hill Auditorium, Saturday, December 8, 8 pm.

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Wow, we are stuffed from our Thanksgiving dinner and not interested in cruising around town to check out bargains. A nice walk, visit with family and some music can make us happy. Luckily, Saturday night we can settle down with some smooth music from Mr. B at The Ark. This solo concert celebrates the release of Nine Pianists: Our Town, Our Time, a live recording made at Kerrytown Concert House. Proceeds from sales of the CD go toward the construction of a special bike Mr. B is planning to ride across the state next summer - pulling a piano! We would like to see that.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Saturday, November 23, 8pm.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is a wonderful source for interesting and informative talks and exhibits. Last year presidential advisor Brent Scowcroft gave his perspective on national policies and last week Thomas DeFrank revealed 16 years of private conversations with President Ford. Tonight, Barry H. Landau will discuss his new book, THE PRESIDENT'S TABLE which is a wonderfully illustrated history of presidential dining and entertainment. It is a complement to the current exhibit, "Art of Diplomacy:Head of State Gifts."
November 15, 7:30 pm, 205-0555.

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This November 11 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Jewish Book Festival of Washtenaw County. This is a week long, community wide, celebration of Jewish Books.
Featured authors include Stephen Fried, Charlotte Mendelson, Dennis Ross, Andrei Markovits and Naftali Bendavid. On Sunday, November 18 there is a Local Author Brunch. There will be hundreds of books for purchase throughout the festival.
Contact the Jewish Community Center for more information. 2935 Birch Hollow Road, 971-0990.

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The University Musical Society presents the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with a program featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1882 and is Russia 's oldest symphony orchestra. It was initially known as the "Imperial Music Choir" and performed privately for the court of Alexander III of Russia. By the 1900s it had started to give public performances. Richard Strauss conducted the orchestra in 1912. Joining them as soloist in Ann Arbor is the talented German violinist Julia Fischer who has been highly praised by critics. She was named Artist of the Year at the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards ceremony.
Hill Auditorium, Sunday, November 4, 7pm.

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