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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Selecting the Appropriate Baroque Repertoire for Students": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Grand Valley State University piano professor Giuseppe Lupis gives a lecture-demonstration on Italian Baroque composers, such as Cimarosa, Zipoli, Galuppi, Pampani, Legati, and Grieco.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Tips for Healthy Eating": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Talk by dietitian Ruth Blackburn. Q&A.
10 a.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration requested. 475-9242. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

Develop Your Personal Charisma Super Powers: WXW - Women's Exchange of Washtenaw.

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It's amazing what a TINY dash of charisma can do to transform your own success and opportunities…
What's the one quality people as different as Donald Trump, Tyra Banks and the Dalai Lama all share? Leadership presence. Personal charisma. The ability to command attention, without saying a word. They "own the room" wherever they go. But owning the room is not exclusive to business moguls or celebrities. It's a skill you can learn! No matter if you are presenting to a group, making that sales pitch of a lifetime, or even conducting your own training session, charisma will help you SELL yourself first. Expert Kelli Gilpin will show you how to ignite your personal charisma.
Kelli is a Business Rock Star turned Coach, Public Speaker, and Author who is an expert on women's leadership, and has dedicated her professional life to teaching women how to channel their inner moxie and build their know-how so they can ask for what they want - and get it.
Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $25 (includes lunch). [map]

 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]

 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Advanced French--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Thursdays, September 19 - November 7.
The class time will be organized as follows: The first hour of each class will be devoted to viewing a French-language tape prepared at Yale University, followed by exercises to test comprehension. The second hour will be devoted to the continued reading of Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le Noir. " Taught by Adele McCarus.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Interactive Flute Session with Sharon Sparrow.

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Sharon Sparrow, from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will be coaching an Interactive Flute Session Saturday Sept 14th 12:30-4:00pm.
There will be a meet and greet Saturday Sept 14th 12:30 to 1. The interactive session will begin at 1pm and will conclude with an open masterclass at 4. Subject will be ensemble work, and individual flute fundamentals. Open masterclass has space for three individuals.
Saline, Michigan, 47 Gunther Ct., Saline, MI, Saline. (248) 418-1084. [map]

 1-3 pm 

Modern Physics for the Non-Scientist, and National Issues Forum, Sec 2--2 OLLI Study Groups: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Physics class ($40) meets Thursdays, Sept 19-Dec 12. No class Nov 28. Brookhaven Manor, 401 W. Oakbrook Dr.
The class will cover the ideas of modern physics (relativity & quantum mechanics) from a non-specialist point of view. We will view two 30-minute DVD lectures, each followed by 20 minutes for answering questions and discussion. Dick Chase worked 27 years as an industrial physicist for Ford and has taught physicsl.
National Issues class ($40) meets First & Third Thursdays, 9/19/13 - 1/9/14 (2nd Thursday) at University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Dr.
This discussion group focuses on public issues affecting our everyday lives. Participants volunteer to facilitate discussions. Topics: future of US education; critical thinking and the news media; taxing, spending and our fiscal future; wealth, income, and inequality of opportunity; US energy challenges, choices, and consequences; health care reform--will it work; end-of-life issues. Facilitated by Stu Simon and Leo Shedden.
different locations. $40 per class. 734-998-9351.

 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Third Thursday in the Clark Library": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of 3 exhibits, including "Ukraine: Land of Many Borders," "Describing Space: Materials from a Creative Trip in Kyoto," and a fall art show.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library, 2nd floor, enter from Diag. Free. 764-0410. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What's Gone Wrong in Washington, and Why It Doesn't Have to Be This Way": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican.
4-5:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3893. [map]

 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30, 7:30, & 9:45 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 p.m. 

Lifeguard Certification Class at Mack Indoor Pool: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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The Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation American Red Cross lifeguard certification program is open to all ages (minimum age is 15 years old) at Mack Indoor Pool. Participants gain valuable experience to prepare them to be lifeguards when they turn 16. Fifteen year olds who complete this course will be eligible for the city's Lifeguard in Training Volunteer Program and receive the following American Red Cross certifications: Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED. Each class meeting will include classroom (taught at Buhr Park Pool) and pool time (taught at Mack Indoor Pool). Register by calling 734.794.6237 or go in person to Mack Indoor Pool (715 Brooks St., inside Ann Arbor Open School). Fee: $175.
Session 1
Buhr Park Pool, 2781 Packard Road
Fridays, Sept. 19 and 27, 5 to 9 p.m.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks St.
Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28, 1 to 6 p.m.
Sundays, Sept. 22 and 29, 1 to 6 p.m.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715. 734.794.6237.

 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]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What Is College for, Anyway?": U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows Program Annual Hovey Lecture.

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Lecture by Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
5:30 p.m., U-M Wallace House Gardens, 620 Oxford. Free. Reservations required by Sept. 17., 998-7666. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Saltimbocca & Risotto.

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Join us for an evening with Chef Francesca Giarraffa where she cooks up some saltimbocca and risotto -- traditional mouth-watering, Italian dishes. Chef Francesca will demonstrate the many techniques that go into all of these fabulous dishes, while you are able to relax and interact with this amazing and entertaining Chef who hails from Naples, Italy. As always, you will sample generous tastings of these authentic and delicious dishes! DEMONSTRATION Menu: Saltimbocca - thin slices of veal scaloppine folded w/a slice of prosciutto, a leaf of sage, then sauteed and topped in a white wine butter sauce; Wild mushroom risotto; Fresh spinach salad tossed w/olive oil, garlic, toasted pine nuts and crushed chili's. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $60/person. 734-645-1030. [map]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ruth Behar: Nicola's Books.

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This U-M anthropology professor reads from Traveling Heavy, her new memoir that interweaves poignant memories of growing up as an immigrant with reflections on being a traveling anthropologist who cherishes the kindness of strangers. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 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]

 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]

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Womyn's Poetry Fest".

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Poetry readings by local poets Jill Halpern, Dawn Richberg, and Charlotte Young Bowens in celebration of women and their creative spirits. Also, a performance by local performance artist Callie McKee. Preceded and followed by an open mike. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., Shaut, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]

 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]

 8 p.m. 

"Cheese, Books, & Cider": Central Provisions and LIterati Bookstore.

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On the cusp of autumn, what better to celebrate than cider? for this seasonal event, we forgo the usual wine pairings to commemorate and renew the tradition of hard cider. join Steve Hall and Abby Olitzky of Central Provisions as they present the best of Michigan craft ciders, offer their favorite cheese selections, and teach lessons drawn from Literati's extensive food section.
124 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI. $30. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Lend Me a Tenor": PTD Productions.

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Sept. 19-22 & 25-28. Laura Bird directs local actors in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Stars Brooks Hoste, Dennis Platte, Dick Ward, Marie Jones, Drew Benson, Mary Hopper, and Mary Francheschi.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22 & 25), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Moonshadow Ride": Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow-, moderate-, and fast-paced rides, 8-24 miles, along the Gallup Park pathway.
9 p.m., east end of Mitchell Field parking lot, Fuller Rd. Free. 424-2802.

 8 p.m. 

"The UFO Show IV (Unidentified Funny Objects): The Pirate Edition": Emergent Arts.

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Sept. 19 & 20. A variety show that features storytelling, songs, and standup comedy by Julie Lyons, Bob Obst, Ace Armstrong, and others. Note: not suitable for children.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $8., 985-0875. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Clean Guys of Comedy": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast (Sept. 19) and taped rebroadcast (Sept. 26) of an evening of family-friendly stand-up featuring veteran Detroit comic Dave Coulier, along with Jamie Kennedy, Andy Hendrickson, Ralph Harris, and Heather McDonald.
8:30 p.m. (Sept. 19) & 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 26), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $14.50 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

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