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Roller Babes to Texas Hold ’Em — It’s All Good!

The glue that binds together an unlikely cadre of chicks with serious attitude — and an affinity for cheesy, badass aliases like Ghetto Barbie, Bruisie Siouxxx and Peaches N. CreamYa — is an unwavering oath of sportsmanship. (In “real life,” these “tough broads” are doctors, waitresses, engineers, teachers, accountants, hairstylists, mothers and wives).

The Detroit Derby Girls, founded in 2005, have picked up on the campy fun of the ’70s and earned a cult following all their own, and for good reason: They put on a spectacular sports show. The ladies play crowd-pleasing, funky, punk-y classics during intermission — and they’re all heart.

Made up of five home teams, including the D-Funk Allstars and the Detroit Pistoffs, the DDG offers fans a taste of national competition as their travel team takes on the Windy City Roller All-Stars on Saturday, March 5.

Then the home teams return to Cobo Arena on Saturday, March 19. With many of the girls’ own families in the audience, the Detroit Roller Derby is a family-friendly environment, with free admission for kids 12 and under. $15-$20. Detroit Derby Girls: (800) 745-3000;;

When you’ve grown up with Merchant of Vino as your family’s business, you can’t help but know a little something about wine. So when brothers Matt and Marc Jonna opened Plum Market in 2007, offering savvy shoppers choices of organic, specialty and local products, it was only natural to have a wine bar, too.

Under the guidance of head sommelier (and Red Thread’s buddy) Mick Deschamps, Plum Market’s CRU Winebar has become not only a showcase of highest-quality wine and beer but also a source of education and information for guests.

CRU’s weekly Thursday-night tastings and monthly exclusive events have become super-chic social happenings where both beginners and connoisseurs can sample superb wines and handcrafted artisan beers — while learning to talk the talk.

This month, to celebrate the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, the CRU will pit grape-producing rivals against one another in their version of the “Big Dance,” including: Chile vs. Argentina, Australia vs. South Africa and France vs. Italy. $20-$25. Cru Winebar, West Bloomfield: (248) 626-7000;

Break out your finery for a lush and lavish English tea at an elegant Bloomfield Hills home to support the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. DSO violinists Kyoko Kashiwagi and Ron Fischer will perform while you enjoy assorted teas and sample those lovely tea sandwiches, scones with lemon curd, blueberry and peach tartlets and more, courtesy of Opus One.

Hosted by DSO Volunteer Council chairs Marlene Bihlmeyer and Debra Partich, “The Two of Us Invite You for Tea” launches the council’s 24th season of Musical Feasts on Tuesday, March 15, at 1:30 p.m. $65. DSO Volunteer Council’s Musical Feasts: (313) 576-5154;

Who knew? The longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America is right in our backyards. The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival, held March 22-27 at the Michigan Theater, has showcased groundbreaking cinema from luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan and Andy Warhol.

Take in a few of this year’s 180 films, winnowed from more than 2,500 submissions. Tickets: $9; passes: $45-$125. The Ann Arbor Film Festival: (734) 995-5356;

In its sixth year, kosher food bank Yad Ezra has executed one the area’s most anticipated fundraising events: Ante Up for Hunger, held this year on Saturday, March 5, from 8-11 p.m., raises much needed cash for the area’s only kosher food pantry, which helps more than 1,600 families each month.

In addition to the cards, there’s white-knuckle bingo, a silent auction, munchies and, of course, booze — can’t have poker without the hooch. $50 per person and a $50 buy-in to play cards. The event is held each year in the food pantry’s warehouse. Complimentary valet is provided. Yad Ezra, 2850 West 11 Mile Road, Berkley: (248) 548-3663;



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