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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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Auditions: Ann Arbor Cantata Singers.

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The Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, a 30 member chorus performing great choral literature spanning six centuries, is announcing auditions. Positions in all voice parts are available, but tenors and basses are especially needed. To set an audition time, contact director Nathan Reiff at or call him at (971) 322-6342. A date other than Sept. 4 can be arranged if necessary. Audition and other information can be found at the group's website below. Undecided? Attend the group's first rehearsal, 7PM September 11, at St. Paul Lutheran.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty. Free. (971) 322-6342. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Summer Horse Camp: Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center.

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Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center's summer camp programs provide the safest and most enjoyable experience and plenty of individual attention for each participant. All camp participants will have fun learning about riding and horse care. There is mounted instruction twice a day.
Carolyne Wheeler, instructor, designer and supervisor, of our programs is an accredited district commissioner of the United States Pony Club. Carolyne is also certified in CPR and first aid.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center's summer horse camp is a 4-day program. Camp is in session from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Thursday. Extend hours are available. Camp is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 17. Ability will be evaluated the first day of camp so that children are grouped by ability.
2011 Summer Camp Dates are: June 11-14, June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12, July 16-19, July 30-August 2, August 6-9, August 13-16, August 20-23, August 27-30, and September 4-7.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, 5415 Waters Road. $200. 734-476-8346. [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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Come experience how yoga can help increase both your strength and flexibility as well as help you focus and stabilize your mind. You will leave class feeling better than when you walked in! New students are welcome and our returning students are encouraged to bring a friend. Discount coupons available for those who sign up for a session of yoga.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr #1, 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Newcomers Coterie Club of Ann Arbor.

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Weber's Inn executive pastry hef MaryBeth King demonstrates "The Art of Decorating a Wedding Cake." All women who have recently moved or returned to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area invited. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson. $16. Preregistration required via email to 369-4499. [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m. 

Current Events--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Participants spend 10-15 minutes discussing the previous week's events. They will be asked to present an item of interest, which is then discussed by the group. All opinions are welcome.
Class continues Tuesdays, September 4 - July 30
Facilitator: Irma Sklenar
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105). $70 ($35 per semester). 734-998-9351. [map]
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 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

Hearing Voices Network: Rebecca Hatton, PsyD.

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Find acceptance, understanding, & support from others who hear voices or have uncommon beliefs. Be heard, grow creatively, learn about others' experience. Thousands of voice hearers attend HVN worldwide & many have found their path to recovery through this innovative self-help group. Meets monthly, every 3rd Tuesday.
Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St.. Free. 734-709-2183. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Phil's Wine Discoveries": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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A Whole Foods wine specialist leads tastings of 3 wines.
4-6 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Cranbrook Village shopping center. Free. 997-7500. [map]
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 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Searching for Sugar Man": Michigan Theater.

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Documentary about 2 South Africans who set out to discover what happened to their musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller Rodriguez.
Time TBA, Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Queen of Versailles": Michigan Theater.

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See review. (Lauren Greenfield, 2012). Documentary about a billionaire couple who live in a 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:45-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 15 & 16), Sept. 8 & 15, & Oct. 13 & 20. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sept. 3), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (every Mon.-Fri. beginning Sept. 4), 10 a.m.-noon (Sept. 8 & 15), 9 a.m.-noon (Oct. 13), & 8 a.m.-noon (Oct. 20), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Culinary Bootcamp I.

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The key to great cooking boils down to solid technique and great ingredients. Join us for this intensive journey through the basics -- the end result is greater kitchen confidence and less reliance on recipes!
Each class will feature a full arsenal of dishes utilizing the techniques learned -- we will work with the very best cuts of meat, seafood, and produce from local purveyors. Students will work in pairs and prepare everything on the evening's menu providing for a generous amount of practice. Students will then sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout each class. This is, by far, our most intensive class, but also our most fun! And best of all, no experience is required!
This class meets on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6-10pm.
Register online at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $425/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Philip Stead & Erin Stead: Nicola's Books.

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Children's writer Philip and illustrator Erin, the husband-and-wife team who created the 2011 Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, read from their new children's book, Bear Has a Story to Tell. Signing.
6 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Deborrah Wyndham: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Recital by this jazz pianist whose repertoire ranges from Scott Joplin and Eubie Black rags to originals that fuse classical and modern jazz idioms. Tonight she performs an array of ragtime tunes from its emergence in the late-19th century as a fusion of African polyrhythms with European marches to the height of its popularity in the years before WWI.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $7 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Pan's Labyrinth": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Guillermo del Toro's dark 2006 fantasy, set in 1944 Francoist Spain, about a young girl who interacts with a mysterious faun associated with an overgrown abandoned labyrinth.
1:30 (Sept. 2) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 4), Michigan Theater. TIME. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $9 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $7; MTF members, $6.50; Wed., $6). 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m..  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Sept. 4 & 18. Club members show their projected images (Sept. 4) and prints (Sept. 18) on various topics, including "Before and After." Also, on Sept, 18, veteran local professional photographer Howard Bond discusses "Portfolio Development: How to Start Your Own."
7:30 p.m., Wines Elementary School auditorium (Sept. 4), 1701 Newport, & Forsythe Middle School location TBA, 1655 Newport. Free ($25 annual dues for those who join). 327-4781. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Burro Genio, Victor Villaseņor's memoir about his difficult Mexican American childhood in California.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ruthie Foster: The Ark.

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African American singer-songwriter from east Texas known for her luminous voice, passionate vocals, and distinctive musical blend of folk, blues, classic soul, and gospel styles.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Anatomy of Sound": U-M School of Music.

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U-M flute professor Amy Porter gives a lecture-recital and premieres her new instructional DVD, 10 years in the making, that is a guide for musicians.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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