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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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"Salinger": Michigan Theater.

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Sept. 6-12. Shane Salerno's 2013 documentary about the private world of the late fiction writer J.D. Salinger and the influence of his work.
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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Fall Walk & Gather": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Adults and kids age 8 & over invited for a fall plant identification hike to collect items for making a decorative bouquet. Seasonal garden flowers and ribbon provided. Bring your own gloves, vase or container, and pruners or heavy scissors.
10 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, meet in the Field Operations Bldg. next to the playground. Free, but preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"PNC Mobile Learning Adventure": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 12-14. Traveling exhibit of interactive kiosks. A "When I Grow Up" station gives kids the opportunity to dress up like various professionals and have their picture superimposed on appropriate backgrounds.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

No to war in Syria! Demonstration: Socialist Equality Party/UM International Students and Youth for Social Equality.

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The Socialist Equality Party and the International Committee of the Fourth International call on workers and youth in the United States, Europe and throughout the world to mobilize their collective strength against the plans of the Obama administration and its allies for a military assault on Syria.
If war is to be stopped, action independent of the Congress and the two big business parties must be taken by working people, students and youth. The fight against war must be made the spearhead of the fight against the relentless attacks on living standards and basic democratic rights of the working class. This is, in essence, a struggle against capitalism.
This is not a time for watchful waiting, but conscious political action. This must begin at once. It is necessary for all those who oppose the war to make their voice heard. This question of war must be taken out of the hands of the ruling elite and its political representatives.
Become involved today!
University of Michigan Diag, Center of campus, near the Hatcher Library. Free.
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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 & 9:45 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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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Sept. 12: Tarantula Power!, Ann Nagda's book about a kid who has to work on a group project with the school bully. Oct. 10: Book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Girl's Night Out at Briarwood Mall: Briarwood Mall (sponsors: Diet Coke and The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

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Girl's Night Out is a free event hosted by Briarwood Mall and will feature a Fall Fashion show, Diet Coke samples, beauty and style tips, and girls-only giveaways.
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Mary Ellen Mark: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Lecture by this acclaimed documentary and portrait photographer.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Sept. 12, 19, & 26. Readings by writers and poets. Sept. 12: Fiction reading by Peter Orner, a San Francisco State creative writing professor and the award-winning author of the novels Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His most recent book, Last Car Over Sagamore Bridge, is a collection of short stories-some as brief as a paragraph-that explore themes of loneliness, longing, and memory through evocative prose that eschews traditional narrative arcs and resolutions. "As in his earlier works, the most memorable moments in Last Car Over Sagamore Bridge don't center on a particular event or piece of dialogue but are located in the emotional pull of the prose itself," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Sept. 19: Poetry reading by American poet Michael McGriff and Swedish-American poet Malena Morling. McGriff-raised in Coos Bay (OR)-is a respected and award-winning author of three poetry collections, including the recent Home Burial, which portrays, in spare yet cinematic language, the dissolution of the people and landscape of his native coastal Pacific Northwest. Morling-a UNC, Wilmington creative writing professor-has written two poetry collections as well as translated the works of Tomas Transtromer and several other Swedish poets. Her poems are noted for their calm, clear-eyed meditations on death and other dark topics. Sept. 26: Reading by Tom Bissell. This Michigan-born, L.A.-based travel writer, journalist, and critic is a frequent contributor for Harper's, Slate, and The New Republic. His latest book, Magic Hours, is a collection of essays exploring the creative process in subjects ranging from the sitcom The Big Bang Theory and Iraq war documentaries to filmmaker Werner Herzog and fellow Michigan writer Jim Harrison. His writing is praised for its pithy, humorous, and apt descriptions of people and place. "His greatest gifts as an essayist, though, resemble the more numinous attributes he imagines in an ideal travel writer: 'curiosity, a willingness to be uncertain, and essential emotional generosity,'" writes a New York Times reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

"Suds on the River": Huron River Watershed Council Fundraiser.

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This festive, laid-back evening features food from area restaurants, canoe rides, fly fishing demos, s'mores around the campfire, and an array of beers from microbreweries in the Huron River watershed, including Arbor Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor, Grizzly Peak, and Wolverine.
6-9 p.m., location TBA. Tickets $100 (members, $75) in advance only. 769-5123, ext. 605.
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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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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Very Inappropriate Word": Nicola's Books.

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Children's book writer Jim Tobin and illustrator Dave Coverly read their new picture book about a boy who loves collecting words but runs into trouble when he decides to try out a new "bad" word at school. Signing.
6:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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. 

Aikido Six-week Beginner's Class: Aikido Yoshokai.

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Aikido is Budo, a non-competitive art based on the philosophy and martial arts of the Japanese Samurai. It is an excellent fitness activity, effective self-defense, and a way of improving our relationships with others. Aikido helps to teach us not to defeat others, but to learn to control ourselves. Learn the basics of Aikido from 7th degree black belt, Akira Kushida-sensei. Classes meet weekly from 7:10 - 8:00pm for six-weeks. Ages 14 and up. Choose from Monday or Thursday session.
Genyokan Dojo, 3796 Plaza Drive, Suite 3 Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $50. 734-662-4686. [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! 

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: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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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 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. Detroit.

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7 p.m., U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"In Charge of Energy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion on local eco-friendly energy efforts with city environmental coordinator Matthew Naud, Downtown Development Authority energy program director Dave Konkle, and Clean Energy Coalition project manager Joel Baetens.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Norway and the Arctic Circle: Chasing the Light": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Photographic travelogue by photographer Ann O'Hagan, a retired high school teacher.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Prince Avalanche": Michigan Theater.

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(David Gordon Green, 2013). A meditative and stern man spends the summer repainting traffic lines with his girlfriend-s dopey and insecure brother. Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch.
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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

AHA - Raspberry Pi Meetup!: All Hands Active.

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Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Lusophone Film Festival: U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Semester-long showcase of contemporary Portuguese language films shown with subtitles. The screenings are preceded by an introduction by a U-M faculty or grad student expert in the country of the film.

Sept. 12: Girimunho (Swirl) (Clarissa Campolina & Helvécio Marins, 2011). Brazilian film about an 81-year-old village woman who tries to create a new life after the death of her husband. Michigan Theater.

Sept. 26: O soma ao redor (Neighboring Sounds) (Kleber Mendonça Fihlo, 2012). When a private security firm is enlisted to protect the residents of an affluent Brazilian seaside community from petty crime, it unleashes the anxieties, resentments, and fears of a society built on violence and repression. UMMA Stern Auditorium.

Oct. 10: Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012). Critically acclaimed, formally daring, drama about an illicit love affair set in the context of Portuguese colonial history. UMMA Auditorium.

Oct. 24: Transeunte (Passerby) (Eryk Rocha, 2010). Entranciinng cinematic poem about a retired, brooding sixty-something man who has lost all ties to life and aimlessly walks the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro unnoticed. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 7: Virgin Margarida (Licinio Azevedo, 2012). Drama, set during the Mozabican Civil War, about a group of urban women taken to a re-education camp, where they are indoctrinated in a self-righteousness creed that scorns individuality and subjectivity and makes male domination an ideological prerogative. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 14: Children's Republic (Flora Gomes, 2011). Bitingly satiric comic allegory about a prosperous and stable small West African country that, following many years of conflict, is populated and governed only by children. Michigan Theater.

Dec. 5: The Great Kilapy (Zeze Gamboa, 2012). Witty, compelling portrait of the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola centered on the story of a crooked but irresistible bon vivant who, on the eve of Angolan independence in 1975, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration. Michigan Theater.

7:30 p.m., various locations. Free. 764-8164.
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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. 

"Tribute to John Denver": The Ark.

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An evening of John Denver songs by Ted Vigil, a singer-songwriter who resembles Denver both physically and musically. He is accompanied by guitarist Steve Weisberg.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22 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.  Free! 

"Within/Beyond": Ann Arbor Dance Works.

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The U-M dance department's internationally acclaimed resident professional company reprises the concert it staged last June in the U-M Natural History Museum, a 1928 architectural gem designed by Albert Kahn. The program features an evening of dances inspired by new frontiers in scientific research, including a new work, inspired by the spiraling structures of DNA, by Delirious Dances (Brooklyn, NY) founder Edisa Weeks, an acclaimed young choreographer the New York Times praises for her "gift for simple but striking visual effects." Also, dances by AADW resident choreographers Jessica Fogel, Peter Sparling, and Robin Wilson. Fogel premieres a dance inspired by U-M astronomy professor Sally Oey's research into the role of massive stars in the evolution of galaxies and the elegant absurdist stories of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics. Fogel's work travels between the museum's 2-story lobby rotunda and its intimate planetarium. Sparling's How Autophagy Works, a dancer's guide to cell biology that is both spoof and serious interdisciplinary research, is a collaboration with U-M life sciences professor Dan Klionsky, medical illustrator Dave Woodsell, and composer Wendy Lee. Wilson presents a new solo inspired by Rebecca Skloot's bestselling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a riveting story of the collision between medicine, race, and ethics.
8 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 763-5460. [map]
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