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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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"Ain't Them Bodies Saints": Michigan Theater.

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(David Lowery, 2013). An outlaw escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he's never met. Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck.
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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 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Free! 

Thom Bohnert: Exhibit of drawings and sculpture.

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An exhibit of Thom Bohnert's drawings and sculpture opens at Yourist Studio Gallery on Tuesday, August 27 and runs through Friday, October 4, 2013, with an artist's reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm.
Bohnert brings a unique blend of engineering, poetry, and whimsy to his art, often combining wire armature, wet-looking clay fragments, and surfaces that reflect his deep understanding of clay and glaze chemistry. His evocative, archaeological forms challenge viewers to expand their thinking about the possibilities of clay as medium. Bohnert received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971 and has taught drawing and ceramics at Mott Community College in Flint for the past 40 years. His work is widely exhibited and published. Please visit for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Sept. 5-Dec. 12. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Sept. 5: Guitarist Jake Reichbart. Sept. 12: Jazz piano by the Bob Sweet Trio. Sept. 19: Old-time pianist Jerry Perrine. Sept. 26: Americana songs by tenor Ted Badgerow, aka "the human jukebox." 19th-century song requests welcome.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band.

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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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 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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 4:30 p.m. 

New Mack Pool Swim Team informational meeting: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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The Mack Pool Swim Team is an inclusive team for all swimmers able to swim one length of the pool, front crawl. We encourage families and swimmers with special needs to join our club and have experienced coaches to meet the needs of your swimmer. There will be no mandatory practice or meet requirements for the swim team and swimmers will be able to determine what they want their level of commitment to be. The team will run in two 12-week sessions from Sept. 16 to Dec. 6; and Jan. 6 to March 28.
Practice times
Ages 11 and up Monday - Friday 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Ages 10 and under Monday - Friday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Session 1 and 2: $200 resident; $250 non-resident. Sign up for both sessions and get a $50 discount. Sign up a sibling and get $25 off for the second, third and fourth swimmer in your household.
Join us for an information session Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School).
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks Street (inside Ann Arbor Open School). 734.794.6237. [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Blue Jasmine": Michigan Theater.

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(Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.
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.-Sat. & game days (Sept. 7 & 14). 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. 2), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (all other Mon.-Fri.), 1-3 p.m. (Sept. 7 game day), & 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Sept. 14 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [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.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Members Show and Tell: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Club members show and discuss choice specimens from summer collecting. Nonmembers welcome.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nutritional Healing Center.

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Sept. 5: NHC health practitioner Connie Kelly-Saur discusses "Dining Out." Sept. 11: Screening of a film TBA.
7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sailing Talks: U-M Sailing Club.

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Every Thurs. Club members give talks on various sailing topics, including "Sailing 101: Introduction to Sailing" (Sept. 12), "Tacking and Jibing" (Sept. 19), "Object Overboard and Docking" (Sept. 26). The Sept. 5 event is a mass meeting.
7 p.m., 335 or 340 U-M West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 426-0920. [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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Racing with the Sun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(U-M Productions' Emmy-winning 30-minute 2012 documentary about the efforts of the U-M Solar Car Team to win the 2011 World Solar Car Challenge. Followed by discussion and Q&A with the film's producers Jay Nelson and Jimmy Rhoades and the composer of its score, Levi Taylor.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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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 7:45- 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.  Free! 

Conservation District Budget Public Comment: Washtenaw County Conservation District.

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The proposed budget of the Washtenaw County Conservation District for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013 will be finalized and approved by the District Board of Directors at their regular monthly meeting on September 5, 2013, 8:00 p.m., at the District office. The public is invited to comment on the proposed budget at this time. Copies of the proposed budget are available at the District office located at 7203 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor MI. Phone: (734)761-6721 ext. 5.
District office, 7203 Jackson Road. Free. 761-6721 ext. 5. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Henrik Karapetyan & Karen Hakobyan: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Michigan Opera Orchestra violinist Karapetyan and NYC-based pianist and composer Hakobyan-both internationally respected Armenian-American musicians- perform a program of classical music TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Pearl & the Beard: The Ark.

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Brightly melodic indie rock by this NYC-based trio whose offbeat instrumentation includes a cello, glockenspiel, melodica, accordion, and several drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $12 (students with ID, free) 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. 

Sarah Jarosz: The Ark.

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23-year Texas bluegrass-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental prodigy whose unassumingly resonant lyricism and piercingly inerrant vocal interpretations have provoked widespread comparisons to a young Gillian Welch. "Jarosz stamps all eleven tracks with her musical vision," says No Depression in its review of her new CD, Follow Me Down. "The haunting tone of her voice, the assuredness with which she weaves through the melodies, and the thoughtfulness of her delivery are all impressive … The emotional quality of Jarosz's singing magnifies the open-ended meaning of her lyrics." Jarosz is accompanied by fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith. Her new CD, Build Me Up from Bones, was recently nominated for an Americana music award.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Crane Wives and Abigail Stauffer: Barn Swallow Concert Series.

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Double bill. The Crane Wives are a Grand Rapids Americana folk-rock quintet. Stauffer is a local pop-folk singer-songwriter known for her piercing, emotionally direct songs. Partial proceeds support various charities.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd. $10-$20 suggested donation. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Sept. 5-8. Rachel Francisco directs local actors in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances. Stars Anthony Provenzola, Michael Smith, January Provenzola, Katy Kujala, Dustin Lolli, Robby Griswold, Kimmy Hay, Chris Shewchenko, Trisha Fountain, Audrey Waugh, and Landon Brimacombe.
8 p.m. (Sept. 5-7) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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