Sept. 7-9. Dog trainers from throughout the Midwest and Canada lead their animals through an obstacle course and jumps of various heights. Spectators welcome.
7 a.m.-around 4 p.m., Ann Arbor Dog Training Club, 1575 E. North Territorial Rd. (1 1/2 miles east of US-23), Whitmore Lake. Free to spectators. 995-2801. [map]
Reception on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 7 - 9 p.m.
Jennie Marenghi is a local artist who received her degree in Fine Arts in 2006, graduating with honors. When not working as a Speech Pathologist for Ann Arbor Public Schools, she enjoys creating art. Her love of color and sense of playfulness show through in the works she produces. Jennie enjoys working in pastel, watercolor and mosaics. In this exhibition, she produced series of pastel paintings from her travels to Oregon, California, France, Italy, Kenya and Tunisia.
Chris Woods is a native of Ann Arbor and an avid photographer. She has been taking photos since she was a child and can't remember a time when she wasn't behind the camera. Chris has worked as a portrait photographer for 15 years and also enjoys photographing landscapes of the many places she has traveled. Presented in this exhibition are images from Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Dominica, San Francisco and Michigan.
The Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw Ave. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org www.commoncupcoffee.com [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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. email@example.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
After a shotgun start, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome. Awards, raffles, and lunch. Participants may register individually or as a team.
10 a.m., Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. $125. Preregistration required at hshv.org/golf. 661-3527. [map]
Sept. 7-9. This community institution, one of the largest book sales in Michigan, offers CDs, DVDs, videos, and thousands of books sorted by subject and sold at feeding-frenzy prices starting at $1. Half price on Sept. 8 and $8 a bag (bags provided) on Sept. 9. Preceded at 8 a.m. on Sept. 7 by a preview sale ($15 admission).
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sept. 7 & 8) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sept. 9), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. 973-6287. [map]
Each week, writers will bring in typed copies of their short stories, plays, poems, novels, essays, or freelance magazine articles. Fellow writers will offer friendly and appreciative criticism on all aspects of writing. Participants are asked to provide copies of their essays to share with the group. For 23 years, Joy Rome was a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Class continues Fridays, September 7 - August 30
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105). $70 ($35 per semester). 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
With U-M law professor Evan Caminker. Followed at 3 p.m. by the dedication of the Law School's new building.
10 a.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free, but advance tickets required. Non-student tickets are available after Sept. 6. 615-4535. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to gather plants to create a decorative fall bouquet. Bring gloves, pruners or heavy scissors, and a vase or container. Seasonal flowers and ribbon provided. Adults only. On Sept. 8, the same hike is offered at 1-3 p.m. for adults and kids age 6 & up.
10 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance. Free. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
FREE Music Together® Demonstration classes for children infants to age 5 and the adults who love them. Sing, move, and play instruments with your child as part of our award winning classes!
Saline First United Methodist Church, 1200 Ann Arbor St., September 7th and 12th, times vary. My Urban Toddler, 7025 E. Michigan Ave, Tuesday September 11th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Come sample the Music Together class experience before registering for our fall session of classes.
Reservations required. Please contact Hand in Hand Music at email@example.com or 734-429-3385 for more details.
First United Methodist Church, 1200 Ann Arbor Street Saline. Free. 7344293385. [map]
Every Fri. through Sept. 7, except July 20. Outdoor performances by area musicians.
July 6: Local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards.
July 13: Alejandra O'Leary, a local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter who's been compared to Liz Phair and Lucinda Williams.
July 27: American roots duo The Potter's Field.
Aug. 3: Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Dave Boutette.
Aug. 10: Local Appalachian-Americana-pop-folk duo of singer-songwriter, guitarist and mandolinist Lisa Pappas and guitarist, bassist, fiddler, and vocalist Michael Weiss.
Aug. 17: The Fortytwo, an acoustic quartet whose music is a fusion of everything from blues and jazz to folk, rock, and country.
Aug. 24: Bob Skon Trio. Folk-rock covers and originals by this trio led by Skon, a local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
Aug. 31: Local folk-rock duo The Thornbills.
Sept. 7: Dr. Mike & the Sea Monkeys. Whitmore Lake acoustic duo whose quirky, funny, and sometimes heart-rending blues and folk-style originals are based on work of the award-winning humorist nationally syndicated columnist Mike Ball.
Noon, AnnArbor.com patio, 301 E. Liberty. Free. 623-4654. [map]
Talk by retired U.S. Air Force general Michael Hayden, a former director of both the NSA and the CIA.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Alumni Center Founders Room, 200 Fletcher. Free. 764-2557. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Hubble Vision (Sat. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show the explores how telescopes work and what they can do.
1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Sept. 7, 14, & 28. Talks by visiting scholars. Sept. 7: University of Pennsylvania landscape architecture lecturer Dilip da Cunha on "South Asia as a Hydrological Surface." Sept. 14: Southern Illinois University English professor Anushiya Ramaswamy on "Translating Tamil Poetry." Sept. 28: Indian historian and theater director Mahmood Farooqui on "The Revival of Dastangoi: Urdu Storytelling in History and Practice." Farooqui also gives a Dastangoi performance Sept. 27 (see listing).
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0448. [map]
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]
Family-oriented community-wide tailgate party prior to Skyline's season-opening game ($5) against Lincoln. With games, face painting, performances by the Pom Squad and Drum Line. Food vendors.
5-7 p.m., tent outside the football stadium, 2552 N. Maple. Free admission. 994-6515. [map]
Reception and awards presentation for this juried exhibition of works by various Michigan artists. The exhibit runs Sept. 7-Oct. 21.
6-8 p.m., AAAC, 117 W. Liberty. Free. annarborartcenter.org, 994-8004. [map]
A festive open-air 4-course dinner that features food cooked by local chefs. Also, live music TBA and a silent auction. Wine and beer.
6 p.m., Farmers' Market. Tickets $100 in advance only by email or phone. firstname.lastname@example.org; 662-2265, ext. 26.
Strolling supper, live auctions, raffles, and live entertainment, including a cappella by the U-M Friars, scenes by U-M Shakespeare in the Arb actors, riffs on popular songs by musicians from Oz Music, and the Francesco Cavallini Duo that plays Brazilian, Italian, and French music on mandolin and mini-accordion. Also, a piano bar afterglow.
6 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $100 in advance only by Aug. 29. 764-8489. [map]
Local Intuitive Healer and Energy Worker Rachel Eckenrod plays 7 Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls on the 7th of every month at 7:00 pm at the Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. Ann Arbor and you are invited to attend. Please bring a yoga mat and/or blanket for your comfort and full relaxation as you experience the penetrating vibrations from these Seven Chakra-tuned healing instruments.
The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI. 48103. Donation. $5. 734-649-1952. email@example.com www.racheleckenrod.com [map]
Ann Arbor Nature School will host a free evening slide show and discussion about traditional shelter designs from around the world. This will also be the introduction to a four-weekend shelter-building course, in which participants will build a hogan together, from blessing the land, through framing, covering the shelter with various materials, and, finally, celebration!
Sunward Cohousing Community Common House, 424 Little Lake Drive. Free. 734-665-2677. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Every Fri. With different local musicians each week. Weather permitting.
7-9 p.m., Mark's Carts, 211 W. Washington. Free. 224-8859. [map]
Concordia organizational leadership professor Timothy Pies and art professor Beth Steinkellner discuss the current exhibit of vintage film posters and film clips.
7-9 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Gallery, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Free. 995-7358. [map]
Guitarist Alex Levine-a recent U-M jazz studies grad-leads his quartet in originals as well as works by Thelonious Monk and other jazz icons. Members include saxophonist Marcus Elliot, bassist Ben Ralston, and drummer Julian Allen.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Sept. 7 & 8. Ann Arbor debut of this Boston-bred, NYC-based comic, the host of the popular podcast In the Tank whose humor focuses on the idiosyncrasies of city living. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Swing Dance Party: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-midnight, Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
1st Friday Fusion Dance: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Blues, tango, west coast, swing, and Latin dancing to an eclectic blend of recorded music, including everything from nu soul and trip-hop to funk and slow jams.
10 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students, $3). email@example.com. [map]