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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

PR Power Hour - September 2013: MPRG.

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PR Power Hour is an educational networking event for business professionals interested in learning more about public relations strategy and tactics. The meetings will start with a 20-minute educational presentation on a different public relations topic each month. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute group-based learning session during which attendees can ask questions and have them answered by the collective wisdom. The last 20 minutes of the meeting will be reserved for introductions and networking.
Cost: Free
Note: Regular and decaf drip coffee included; Specialty drinks, pastries, etc. available for individual purchase
Espresso Royale, 214 S Main St Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-677-9970. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Four Plays by Sophocles--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Wednesdays, September 18 - November 27. No class on October 2, 9 and 16.
We will read and discuss the plays "Philoctetes", "Ajax", "Electra" and "The Women of Trachis", all of which are available in the paperback edition, "The Complete Greek Tragedies", Volume IV by David Grene and Richmonde Lattimore. Although not a classics scholar, Terrance Sandalow has devoted a fair amount of study during retirement to Greek tragedy.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 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]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Open Play": Chelsea District Library.

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Supervised play for kids age 4 & under accompanied by a caregiver. Coffee for the adults.
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Imitation and Flattery May Get You Nowhere: Musing about Copyright in Music": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by U-M law professor Jack Bernard. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30. Reservations required by Sept. 13. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

All Of The Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My First Company: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Henry Balanon of Protean
These are my lessons learned about building a company and career. I've co-founded 3 companies. 2 venture backed and 1 bootstrapped. And I've distilled everything I've learned into this talk.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]

 2:30 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Michigan Warriors: USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

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The older of the of the 2 USA NTDP teams plays this North American Hockey League team. from Flint.
Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]

 3 p.m. 

Intermediate Spanish, and Writing Memoirs--2 OLLI Study Groups: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Spanish class ($40) meets Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Sept 18 - Nov 27. No class on October 2 or November 6. Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple.
This class will enable you to review the Spanish that you've studied in the past. You can improve your ability to speak, read and understand the language through oral practice, grammar exercises and reading. We will use the book "Complete Spanish Grammar" by Gilda Nissenberg (SBN 978-0-07-142270-3) (Copyright 2004). Facilitated by Jeanne Van Octen.
Writing Memoirs class ($40) meets Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sept 18 - Dec 11 at Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart.
Members of the group will write about their memories and provide a copy to each of the other members. We will read them aloud and discuss them in the group. Zibby Oneal has published several novels based on her own memories, mainly of her younger years, and has presented similar OLLI classes.
Various locations. $40. 734-998-9351.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"All the Things": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Screening of recent U-M grad Alexander O'Dell's 2012 short film about a 15-year-old boy who walks around Yerevan, Armenia, dressed as an orange house handing out ads for bank loans. Armenian, subtitles.
4-6 p.m., 1120 Weill Hall (735 S. State). Free. 763-0622. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafty Readers": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 2 & 3. Games, activities, and snacks. The September theme is "Write Your Own Story." On Oct. 16, kids are invited to discuss Jennifer Holm's Babymouse Monster Mash.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 4:45, 7, & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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]

 5-8 p.m. 

Comcast Presents...Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Grub Crawl.

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The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber will be hosting their Semi-Annual Grub Crawl on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 pm in Kerrytown & the Surrounding Area!
How it Works...
Guests will arrive between 5:00-5:30 pm at their first assigned location to receive a T-shirt. The T-shirt will serve as their ticket at each of the restaurants. Guests can attend each of the restaurants once anytime between 5 & 8pm on September 18th to sample one or more of their specialties. For everyone's convenience Golden Limousine International will be providing a Trolley along the route of the Grub Crawl.
Kerrytown & the surrounding area. $20 Adults / $5 Kids 12 and under. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Basics: 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 is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.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.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Touch of Thai Massage": Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies.

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All invited to practice Thai massage techniques. Wear comfortable clothes. Props provided.
6-8 p.m., The Lotus Center, 2711 Carpenter. $20 in advance; $25 at the door., 223-4156. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Vaccination: Informed Decision-Making": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Vaccination is one of the most controversial issues of parenting, and unbiased, sound information is hard to come by. This two-part class will cover material relating to vaccine safety, risk of communicable diseases, the basics of immunity, timing and alternative vaccine schedules, and more to aid in parents' thoughtful decision making.
Class meets Wednesday 9/11 and 9/18 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Pre-registration required.
Presenter: Dr. Diana Quinn, ND
Diana Quinn, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in women's health and preventive medicine.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. $45. 734-769-6100. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Forest Heroes Kick-Off Event!: Forest Heroes Campaign.

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What do you think Tony the Tiger would say about rainforest destruction? I don't think he would be too happy to hear that his real-life tiger cousins are losing their homes for palm oil. Its a real emergency--there are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.
Guest Speakers:
Rainforest Action Network
Rhiannon: Ann Arbor Girls Scout who changed Girl Scouts of America stance on Palm oil!
Kellogg's is a Michigan institution with a famed American icon, Tony the Tiger, but right now they're doing business with Wilmar International, ranked the least sustainable corporation in the world - worse than Monsanto. Wilmar bulldozes rainforests to harvest palm oil, which is then used in Kelloggs' cereals and snacks. This deforestation destroys the homes of Sumatran tigers, orangutans,and is a top driver of climate change.
We envision a world where rainforests are protected, not destroyed for profit.Changing the practices of companies like Wilmar will go a long way toward achieving t
Michigan Union: Room D, 3rd floor, 530 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 412-901-9774. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Basics and Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze 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 single class
Six student limit
Drop students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: The Aroma of Terroir": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses smell mapping, a technique that makes it possible to compare and contrast singular food and drink ingredients sourced from different regions, facilitating the development of an olfactory vocabulary.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Stroud: Nicola's Books.

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This U-M creative writing grad reads from Byzantium, his new short story collection that blends historical reimagining with contemporary stories to reveal truths about human nature that span centuries. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Mindful Parenting Class: Chuck Barbieri.

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*************************************************************Mindful Parenting Class- An Invitation to Explore Unconditional/Undivided Parenting.

Please join us for an 8 session parenting class that will explore both the practical and thriving aspects in becoming a more "conscious" and "undivided" parent. Parenting is a gift and an adventurous journey that challenges us in many ways! We will survey and explore many parenting paradigms and offer practical, specific methods in becoming a problem-solving "working with" parent rather than "doing to" parent. This class is geared towards both parents and child care professionals who work with children. Cost is $125. plus a small fee for handouts.
Scholarships are available. The class will be on Weds. nights from 7:30 to 9 pm, at Liberty Pediatrics, 3200 W. Liberty Rd, Suite A, starting September 18, 2013.
The teacher, Chuck Barbieri has been teaching parenting classes for 10 years and has 26 years of experience as a teacher and h
Liberty Pediatrics, 3200 W Liberty Rd. $125 for 8 sessions. Facebook- Mindful/Conscious Parenting [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Zell Fellows: Literati Bookstore.

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U-M creative writing Zell fellows read from their work.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Shun-Kin": University Musical Society.

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Sept. 18-21. Simon McBurney directs members of the award-winning London-based theater company Complicite and Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theater in a play adapted from a short story by influential 20th century Japanese writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. Set in 19th century Japan, it tells the dark and violent love story between a blind musician-a beautiful yet domineering woman who's mastered the shamisen, a stringed instrument-and her devoted servant-lover. The production draws from noh and kabuki stage technique, and also creates evocative effects of darkness and ambiguity through puppetry, mime, black backgrounds illuminated by candles, and two narrators. Performed in Japanese, with English supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (Sept. 18 & 19) and 8 p.m. (Sept. 20 & 21), Power Center. $18-$60 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Bill Loomis's Detroit's Delectable Past: Two Centuries of Frog Legs, Pigeon Pie, and Drugstore Whiskey.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding in the Cloud": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Ornicept founder and chief technology officer Russell Conard discusses his local company that's developing tools to allow biologists to record field data on tablets and store it digitally online.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking). 677-3275. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Native Companion Plantings for Rhododendrons": Ann Arbor Rhododendron Society.

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Talk by local landscape architect Rick Meader. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Intro to Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class will be an introduction to basic assents, poses, and other foundational skills needed for this very athletic art form. Each class will build skills to culminate in a routine.
Beginner students will work to develop skills, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography and refinement over the basics. While it is recommended that students be comfortable with getting on and off the trapeze unassisted, this course is suitable for both beginners and established aerialists.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Battlefield Band: The Ark.

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One of the key forces in the revival of interest in Scottish music that began in the mid-70s, this acclaimed quartet plays everything from ancient Celtic tunes on Highland pipes to traditional and original Scottish songs, along with occasional forays into American pop.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]

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