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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

Best Bets: Go Vintage Hollywood at a Neutral Zone fundraiser; learn something new at the DIY Fest

By Ann Dwyer


"Vintage Hollywood Take 3" -- a fundraiser for the Neutral Zone -- will be held Friday evening at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Note: this story has been updated to correct the location of the Met: Live in HD


Enjoy an evening of film, music, drinks, food and red carpet glamour in support of Neutral Zone programs at "Vintage Hollywood Take 3" at the Michigan Theater on Friday. The evening will feature music by Neutral Zone teen musicians, film shorts and a dance party. $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit The Michigan is at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397.


Learn something new at the "DIY Fest" on Friday at Hotel Midwest. 2 to 7 p.m. Learn about bike winterizing, figure drawing, improvised music, massage lessons and more. Bring whatever you have that you think someone else would like and pick up some jazzy "new" treats for yourself at the Free Store. Also, bring something to silk screen. Free, but bring a dish to pass if you can. Hotel Midwest is at 1508 Jewett Ave., Ann Arbor.


Help feed the needy by attending "BreakFEST 2012" at the Ark on Friday to benefit Breakfast at St. Andrews. 7:30 p.m. The headliners are guitar flatpicker Dan Crary, the Small Ponds featuring Whiskeytown alumna Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas and a traditional Irish band featuring Mick Gavin. Breakfast at St. Andrew's has served a free meal to anyone in need every day for 30 years. $40 reserved-seat tickets are available through, the Michigan Union Ticket Office and Herb David Guitar Studio. General-admission seats are $30. The Ark is at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800. Click here for the pre-view article.


The Met: Live in HD series continues with "Ernani" on Saturday at the Quality 16 and Rave Ann Arbor. 12:55 p.m. Angela Meade takes center stage in Verdi’s thrilling early gem. Marcello Giordani is her mismatched lover, and all-star Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at Quality 16 is at 3780 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 734-222-0555. Rave is at 4100 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti. 734-973-4823.


There will be an "Italian Dinner and Silent Auction" to benefit Habitat for Humanity at the Dexter United Methodist Church on Saturday. 3 to 7 p.m. Auction opens at 3 p.m., dinner is at 4:30 p.m. The menu will include salad, chicken cacciatore, sausage, pasta, pizza, bread sticks, dessert and beverage. $9/ Adults, $8/ Seniors, $5/ Children ages 5-12, free for kids four and younger. The church is at 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. 734-426-8480.



Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 12:39 p.m.

I think the image up there needs a little work


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 8:39 a.m.

"The Met: Live in HD series continues with "Ernani" on Saturday at the Coffee House Creamery..." I love the Coffee House Creamery (CHC )but I would be surprised if they've since added stadium seating and a large screen. The Met series plays in the Goodrich Quality 16 theatre off Jackson as well as the Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 screen theatre on Carpenter. Do enjoy a latte or cone at the CHC after the event though. Well worth the stop.