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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Happening Today: Chili cook off to warm the body and music to warm the soul

By Ann Dwyer


Things start to take shape at the red carpet arrivals area outside the Kodak Theatre in preparation for Sunday night's 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. You can watch the awards broadcast live on the big screen at the Quality 16 theater.

AP Photo | Amy Sancetta


Dig in at the "Depot Town Chili Cook Off." 3 to 5:30 p.m. A party at the Corner Brewery will follow where the winner will be announced. Each location will have a meat and vegetarian option. Participating locations include Aubree's, Cafe Ollie, Corner Brewery, Harvest Kitchen, Sidetrack, Woodruff's, Ypsilanti Food Co-op. $5. All proceeds benefit SOS Community Services. Depot Town is in the Cross and River St. area. The Brewery is at 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739.


Stone Arch Arts and Events Center will hold a "Bridal Expo" to help you plan your Big Day. 4 to 8 p.m. There will be door prizes, including a grand prize of $500 off tuxedo rentals courtesy of Perry's Tuxedos Plus. Free admission. Stonearch is at 117 S. Ann Arbor Road. Saline. 734-316-2118.


It's Oscar night! See the live broadcast at Quality 16. 7 p.m. It will be like you're there, but without the expense of the limo and ball gown. Free. Q16 is at 3686 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 734-623-7469.


Old Town Tavern's "Sunday Night Music for February" wraps up this evening with the Nuke-A-Billies. 8 to 10 p.m. The Nuke-A-Billies play alternative country. A good band to drink a beer or two (or more) to. No cover. The OTT is at 122 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-662-9291.


The Pinocchio Theatre will present Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Vitosha Guest Haus Inn. 7 p.m. The show will feature the uncut concert version of the original score. $30 in advance. $35 on the day of the show. $40 for box seats. For tickets, call 734-255-9107 or email The inn is at 1917 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-741-4969.