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Monday, September 16, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.
9 a.m.), meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. Free. 761-2885, 663-5060.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Computers/Internet, Global Warming, Women's History--OLLI Study Groups: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Introduction to Computers & the Internet.
Class meets Mondays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 9/16-10/14. TSRC. $25. OLLI membership not required for this course. This class is designed for beginner computer users. It includes everything from turning on the power to navigating the Internet, email, simple word processing using Microsoft Word and exposure to accounting. Doris Miree has 40+ years of teaching business skills at the high school level and at Washtenaw Community College.
Global Warming & Climate Change.
Class meets Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 9/16-10/28. TSRC. $40. Using videos and actual climate data as a basis for group discussion, we will develop a clearer understanding of the source of the controversy. Taught by Sidney Kaufman.
"A Purse of Her Own"
Class meets Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 9/16-10/21, at Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Road. No class on October 7. $35 This class concerns 19th century women. It is based on Susan Nenadic's research for her book.
Turner Senior Resource Center/Glacier Hills, 2401 Plymouth Rd/1200 Earhart Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 6-Apr. 21. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). AFlowers@umich.edu. 665-9271. [map]
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 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool and Toddler Story Time: Dexter District Library.

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Every Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 16-Nov. 7. Storytelling programs for kids ages 18 months-3 years (Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.) and 3-5 years (Mon. & Thurs., 11:30 a.m. and Tues., 1 p.m.). Toddlers must be accompanied by a caregiver. Also, a special "Halloween Story Time and Craft" (Oct. 19, 11 a.m., no preregistration required) for kids age 6 & under (costumes encouraged).
Various times, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 12:10 PM  Free! 

"Why Contested Spaces?": Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Speaker: Fatma Müge Göçek, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and CMENAS Associate Director.
The analysis of the way space is envisioned and employed in particular societies provides significant insight into the social construction of meaning. And such meaning construction often varies across time as different social groups contest the use of space. Since the end of the Cold War and especially during the last decade, Middle Eastern and North African states and societies have witnessed and experienced many such contestations, ranging from the most obvious political as evinced by the Arab Spring to the less visible including the environment, religious-secular divide, urban construction, art and music to everyday practices.
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 734-647-4143. cmenas@umich.edu http://www.ii.umich.edu/cmenas/events [map]
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 1:30-3 p.m. 

Fall Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 9 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Time for a Critter Quest!" Smithsonian channel wildlife host Peter Schriemer shows off some live creatures, shows clips from his Critter Quest TV series, and offers tips for exploring the natural world, finding wildlife, and recognizing signs of autumn's arrival.

Sept. 16 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Crepuscular Critters and Their Friends." Naturalist Paul McCormack brings in a variety of live animals to discuss the behaviors and adaptations of crepuscular, nocturnal and diurnal creatures.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 7 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis and Jason Eyster show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 21 (2-3 p.m.): "Creepy Creatures." Wildlife Safari (Canton) staff display ad discuss some of its scariest critters.

Oct. 28 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 7.

Nov. 11 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Michigan." Creature Conservancy veterinarian Steve Marsh displays and discusses a red fox, a coyote, a skunk, and other Michigan mammals.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2 -4:30 p.m. 

The American Presidents: Part 2, Washington to Eisenhower: osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets select Mondays and Tuesdays, September 16, 2013 - April 15, 2014. Contact OLLI office for specific dates.
This continuing program will examine how films depict the personal and political lives of presidents, from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower, and it will emphasize how the passage of time has affected our perspectives of them. A recommended text is "To The Best Of My Ability: The American Presidents" by James M. McPherson. Presidential and history enthusiasts as well novices are equally welcome. Dr. Richard Adelman is an Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry and a Past Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the UM Medical School.
University Living, 2865 S. Main Street. $70 (thru April). 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

The Knowledge Seekers Series: Power of Myth in Our Lives:OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Mondays, September 16 - October 21.
We will examine the views of Joseph Campbell, an anthropologist, and Elizabeth Vandiver, a classicist. The class will involve a combination of "The Power of Myth", conversations with Bill Moyers (PBS DVD Series); and a Teaching Company DVD course, "Classical Mythology", from Elizabeth Vandiver. The DVD viewings will be integrated with discussion. Campbell combines insights of psychology with comparative mythology to explain the power of myth; Vandiver gives insight into the key characters and stories of Greek and Roman mythology to explain its power. In exploring their ideas, we learn how myths affect our own lives. Dr. Richard Galant studied classical Greek and Latin for many years and continues to be fascinated by Greek and Roman history and culture.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 4:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Attack": Michigan Theater.

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Opens Sept. 13. (Ziad Doueiri, 2012). An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Arabic & Hebrew, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Austenland": Michigan Theater.

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(Jerusha Hess, 2013). Obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. Keri Russell.
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). michtheater.org, 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 p.m. 

"Pinocchio" auditions Grades 3-5: The Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild.

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Auditions for live stage play based on "Pinocchio" for young actors in grades 3-5
Everyone who auditions will be accepted into the cast.
Everyone in the cast will act in every performance.
Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Free to audition. 734-355-8581. aayag-promotions@comcast.net www.aayag.org [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Marcus Belgrave: U-M School of Music.

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This legendary Detroit jazz trumpeter, who's played with everyone from Ray Charles and Charles Mingus to Tony Bennett, performs with U-M jazz faculty members.
6 p.m., U-M Music School Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 & 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Intro To Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class will be an introduction to using the skills learned in Aerial Silks: Basics, along with more advanced poses, to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air at a time, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. All students will have the option to perform at our monthly showcase event, LIFT OFF. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-level-1/ [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Sept. 16: British Pantry & Tea Garden Café (Tecumseh) representative Rochelle Bird discusses "Tea as a Healthy Beverage." Oct. 21: Advanced master gardener Cheryl English discusses the "Culture and Care of Clematis."
7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Monday Funnies Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 30: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986). Comedy about a mischievous teen's adventures when he skips school. Matthew Broderick.

Oct. 7: Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens.

Oct. 14: Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Outrageously irreverent, hilarious parody of Arthurian tales. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones.

Oct. 21: Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974). Hilarious burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman.

Oct. 28: Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004). Comedy about a zombie invasion.

Nov. 4: The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980). Popular John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd comedy that features musical performances by Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and other blues and R&B luminaries.

Nov. 11: Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011). Romantic comedy about a woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph.

Nov. 18: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967). Landmark seriocomedy about a naive young man at loose ends after graduating from college. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.

Nov. 25: This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984). Pitch-perfect mockumentary about a fictional English hard-rock band. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.

Dec. 2: Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003). A warm, big-hearted romantic comedy about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened, boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nightly, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson.

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7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nonfiction Book Club: Barnes & Noble.

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All invited to join a discussion of Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis's memoir about moving to Uganda to found a nonprofit dedicated to bettering the lives of underprivileged children.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Civilized Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced "no-drop" ride, 12-18 miles, to Dexter, with a possible stop for ice cream. A good rise for beginners. Basic repair tips offered at 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. sharp, 610 Brierwood Ct. (off Arborview east of Westwood from Dexter). Free. 945-4133. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Rite of Spring": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL retired music specialist Richard LeSueur discusses (with musical examples) recordings of Stravinsky's epochal ballet which the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performs on Sept. 21 (see listing). LeSueur also sketches the background and impostance of the other works on the program, including Bernstein's Overture to Candide, local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom's Commedia for "Almost" 18th-Century Orchestra, and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 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. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon.except Labor Day. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Vision": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Local life coach and artist Deborah Campbell discusses how to bring clarity and focus to your artistic ideas.
7:30 p.m., 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Treasure Hunt": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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A chance to sift through a big grab box of U.S. & foreign covers (envelopes with canceled stamps) purchased from the American Philatelic Society. Small charge for each cover you take home. Also, club members prepare for the upcoming stamp show in November.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]
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 7:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Biodiversity of Aquatic Plants: Temperate vs. Neotropics": Michigan Botanical Club.

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University of New Hampshire botany professor emeritus Garrett Crow discusses aquatic plant diversity in northeastern North America.
7:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Portland Cello Project: The Ark.

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Portland (OR) cello collective devoted to playing music not normally heard on their instrument, from jazz and hip-hop to heavy metal and indie rock. Tonight they are fronted by the bewitchingly lilting vocals of the heralded East Texas Americana singer-songwriter Jolie Holland.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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