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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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"Blancanieves": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Berger, 2012). Black & white silent film that situates Snow White in 1920s Spain. Spanish, subtitles.
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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 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. 426-2088.
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 9-11:30 a.m. & 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Aug. 20-31, except Aug. 25. 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.
3:30-5 p.m. & 7-9:30 p.m. (Aug. 20); 9-11:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m., & 7-9:30 p.m. (Aug. 21) 9-11:30 a.m. & 8-10 p.m. (Aug. 22); 7:30-10 p.m. (Aug. 23); 9-11:30 a.m. & 7-9 p.m. (Aug. 24); 10:30 a.m.-noon & 7-10 p.m. (Aug. 26); 10:30-11:40 a.m. & 6:30-8:40 p.m. (Aug. 27), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m. (Aug. 28), 9-10:30 a.m. & 7:30-10 p.m. (Aug. 29), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Aug. 30); & 10 a.m.-noon (Aug. 31 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Music Babies": Chelsea District Library.

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Chelsea Center for the Arts instructor Tara Vesprini introduces infants through 1-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) to the joy of making music.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun on Thursday!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead programs for kids. Geared toward ages 5-8. Aug. 1: "Exploring the Creek" (Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. just east of US-23). A chance to wade in the creek to look for fish, frogs, and insects. Wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Meet at the pavilion near the restrooms. Aug. 8: "Creatures of the Night!" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). A chance to learn about bats, moths, fireflies, owls, and other creatures. Games, a story, and a craft. Aug. 15: "Fun and Fishing" (Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial). Fishing instruction and a chance to fish. Poles and bait provided. Aug. 22: "Spiders Are Spectacular" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). A spider craft, followed by a hike to catch (and release) spiders.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Free. $5 vehicle entry fee required on Aug. 15. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 Noon  Free! 

LINKS Professional Development Roundtable: LINKS of USA.

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Learn the importance of a written business plan focused on securing funding for your business and other financial tips from a panel of experts.Bring a guest and enjoy this great event.
Register for this free event:
August 22, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
BRAG Building, 179 Little Lake Road. Free. 734 883-2267. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

"Camp Nicola's Books for Kids!": Nicola's Books.

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Every Thurs. through Aug. 22. Nicola's staffers lead craft activities for kids ages 7-12. Crafts come from books which must be purchased and read in advance. Aug. 1: The Kids' Paper Airplane Book. Aug. 8: Fun with Papertoy Monsters. Aug. 15: Star Wars Origami. Aug. 22: Fun with Recycled Robots.
1:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free with book purchase. Preregistration required. 662-0600. [map]
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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

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Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spinners, Gliders, & Projectiles": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to design and try out their best paper planes, spinners, and other things that fly.
2-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Cards & Cocktails: Ellibell Creative.

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Please join us for an evening of cards, cocktails, cakes and more! ElliBell Creative owner, Andi Campbell will be showcasing several card making techniques you can use to create your own custom, hand made creations year-round. Your ticket cost covers all of your card making supplies for both at this event, as well as some items to take home with you to continue your creativity! We will also have several tastings from the Spotted Dog Winery of Saline, and a dessert bar by Pretzel Creations of Ann Arbor. Space is limited so register today!
ElliBell Creative is located within the JC Beal Construction building at 221 Felch St. in Ann Arbor. When facing the front of the building please use the covered stairway entrance on the farthest left hand side. We are the lime green door when you first enter the building. Parking is available along Felch St. as well as behind the JC Beal Construction building.
Please Register at:
Ellibell Creative, 221 Felch St. in Ann Arbor. $20. 734.883.9583. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Villa Calcinaia Wine Dinner with Count Niccolo Capponi: Gratzi Restaurant.

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Enjoy an evening with our honored guest Count Niccolo Capponi as he presents Villa Calcinaia wines paired perfectly with our Chef inspired five course dinner.
Count Niccolo Capponi is a military and Renaissance scholar, published author and wine maker. The Capponi family history in Florence dates back the thirteenth century and Niccolo's exquisite flare for the archives as one of Italy's most renowned historians is sure to create a memorable evening for our guests at Gratzi.
Gratzi, 326 S. Main St. $79.95. Reservations required. (888) 456-3463. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7 p.m., CUBS' AC in Colonial Lanes, 1950 South Industrial. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Pure Michigan Black Box Summer Series: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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All Directions
June 27, 2013 7pm
Join us for an evening of funk, jazz, and R&B when this powerhouse quintet takes the stage.
The Crane Wives
July 27, 2013 7pm
Indie-folk featuring three part harmonies. The Crane Wives create organic, accessible, and innovative music.This Grand Rapids band features original tunes from quiet ballads to danceable grooves.
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
August 22, 2013 7pm
Fantastic roots music from America's Third Coast. Featuring swing jazz, progressive bluegrass, crisp vocals, and plenty of clever songwriting, the band's throwback sound weaves musical magic.
Tickets $10
Or $25 for all 3 Black Box Summer Series performances
Doors and lobby-lounge open at 6 pm
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10 each or $25 for all three dynamic performances. 517.423.6617. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.

7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 22-25. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs recent Gabriel Richard grads in Frank Loesser's 1961 musical farce about an ambitious young man who sets out to climb the corporate ladder and quickly rises to the top, taking his faithful secretary along with him. The score includes "A Secretary Is Not a Toy," "I Believe in You," and "Brotherhood of Man." The Aug. 22 show is a gala fundraiser with dinner ($100).
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 22-24) & 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $10 (except Aug. 22 gala, $100) in advance & at the door. 662-0496, ext. 200. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"My Name Is Asher Lev": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 8-Sept. 8, and Sept. 14 & 15. David Magidson directs the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner's drama adapted from Chaim Potok's 1972 novel about a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Immersing himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery, he produces a masterwork, The Brooklyn Crucifixions, that he hesitates to exhibit since it may bring shame on his family and community. Stars Mitchell Koory, Naz Edwards, & Loren Bass. The Sept. 1 performance is followed at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested), hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch, with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Aug. 24 & Sept. 7), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Aug. 8), $22 (Aug. 9, 11, & 15), and $30 (Aug. 10). Aug. 16 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Aug. 16: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"My Other Voice": AKip Productions.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 15-Sept. 1. Ari Laura Kreith directs local actors in U-M grad Alex Kip's play, based on his own experience, about a U-M musical theater student who learns he has cancer just as he's planning to participate in a showcase for casting directors in NYC. Cast: Meg Aldridge, Jim Cavalcoli, Scott Crownover, Al Fallick, Alex Kip, Anne Miranda, Reilly Richardson, Ximone Rose, and Trevor St. John-Gilbert.
2 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), & 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $25 in advance at, and at the door. (614) 832-8304. [map]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Hana Malhas & the Overthinkers: The Ark.

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Folk-rock ensemble led by U-M grad Malhas, a singer-songwriter, originally from Jordan, who writes intimate, thoughtful, impassioned songs, singing in both English and Arabic and accompanying herself on piano, guitar, and occasionally violin. Opening act is Christopher Norman, a local synthesizer-based singer-songwriter whose songs set warm, soulful vocals against spacey electronic soundscapes.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Miles & Ellie": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Don Zolidis's new comic drama about a divorced and disenchanted woman who returns to her hometown, where she discovers her high school sweetheart is still carrying a torch for her.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 20-26 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). June 27: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Translations": Carriage House Theatre.

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Aug. 15-18, 22-25, & 29-31. Angie Feak directs local actors in Brian Friel's tender and funny drama, set in 1833 rural Ireland, about an English officer who comes to Anglicize a small town but ends up falling in love with it, its language, and a young woman who attends the local school.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
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