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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 21, 2013






 
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U-M Women's Rugby.

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Sept. 21 & 28. The U-M plays matches against Indiana (Sept. 21), Ohio State (Sept. 28), Penn State (Oct. 5), and Notre Dame (Oct. 26).
Time TBA, Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. umwrfc.wordpress.com.
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 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

3rd Annual Chuseok Dae Party: U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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This traditional Korean autumnal festival is highlighted by traditional and contemporary music and dance performances by U-M students, including the Sinaboro percussion ensemble and others. Also, Korean food-including songpyeon (rice cakes)-kids crafts, and games such as top spinning, Korean jacks, the dice game yutnori, and the arrow-tossing game tuho.
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m., SSWB 1st floor, 1080 South University. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 8 a.m. 

"Bird Walk in the Arb": Jewish Community Center.

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Bagels and coffee, followed by a fun, informative walk led by local naturalist and birder Juliet Berger to look for warblers and other returning migrants, along with nonmigratory native birds. Bing binoculars, and leave your cell phone behind.
8 a.m., meet at the Riverview Ct. entrance off Geddes. $5. Space limited; preregistration required. 971-0990.
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 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Free Hatha Vinyasa Flow Class: Samsara Wellness Center.

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Free Hatha Vinyasa Flow class
PLease reserve spot by calling 734-369-8361 or go to the following link to schedule online by clicking the "CLASSES" tab
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/adm/home.asp?studioid=40534
Free Parking
Samsara Wellness Center, 1945 Pauline Suite D. Free. 734-369-8361. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Sept. 8: Marshall Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth) and Sugarbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance near the tennis courts on Rumsey St. at the north end of Georgetown Blvd. off Plymouth) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Also a walk through Sugarbush to look for its special features, including blue ash and pawpaw trees.

Sept. 15: Hannah Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Sept. 21 : Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to clear trails and spread woodchips in this oak-hickory woodland, and Hollywood Park (9 a.m.-noon, Sequoia Pkwy. near the intersection of Archwood Dr.) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Westwood north of Arborview) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Sept. 28: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails and Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 6: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle west off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive shrubs and help improve the trails, and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. entrance) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 12: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Arborview entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help clear trails and spread woodchips.

Oct. 13: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to collect seeds and learn how to identify native plants in the seed-bearing stage of their growth cycle.

Oct. 26: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Dicken Dr. off S. Maple) to help remove invasive buckthorn, plant perennials, and work on trail maintenance, and Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Powell Rd. from Columbia Ave. east of Kimberly from Packard just west of Eisenhower) to remove invasive shrubs.

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Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
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 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Roman Error: The Reception of Ancient Rome as a Flawed Model": U-M Classics Department.

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Sept. 20 & 21. Scholars from around the U.S. and the UK discuss a range of ways in which the notion of the example of classical Rome as flawed has affected its legacy. Lecture topics range from "The Roman Empire and the Error of Civilization" and "Romans into (Elite) Frenchmen: Michel de Montaigne's Revision of Cicero on the Politics of Friendship" to "The Pleasures and Punishments of Roman Excess: Elagabalus at the Court of Early Cinema." For a complete schedule, see lsa.umich.edu/classics.
2-6 p.m. (Sept. 20) & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 936-6099. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Double Bass Bash: U-M School of Music.

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All classical and jazz bass students in grades 6-12 invited to play in small ensembles and work on a large ensemble piece. The program ends with an informal performance at 4 p.m. With guidance by U-M music professors Diana Gannett, Robert Hurst, and Michael Hopkins.
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Music School, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. Preregistration required by email. mhopkins@umich.edu, 764-0594. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"God's Extreme Makeover": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by club leaders.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

Vikki Pignatelli: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by this Ohio quilter who's known for her curvy quilt designs. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

30th Annual Fall Fleece Fair: Spinners Flock.

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A huge array of hand-spun yarns and fibers for spinning and felting, including Michigan-grown fibers. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, and knitting. Members offer demos throughout the day. Note: This year's fair is on a Saturday, unlike in past years.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer, Chelsea. Free admission. Wheelchair-accessible. 475-7922, 769-1657. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

The Joys of Grandparenting - Ann Arbor - September 21: MHealthy - University of Michigan.

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The Joys of Grandparenting-Ann Arbor- September 21
When you become a grandparent, there will be some surprises in store. Learn the latest trends in childcare, child-rearing practices, safety and much more. We'll also discuss the joys (and challenges) of being a grandparent, how you can support your child, and take care of yourself. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 21 at the Domino's Farm, Lobby H (Family Medicine), 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive. Cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. To register visit: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
Domino's Farms, Lobby H (Family Medicine), 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Ann Arbor,MI 48105. $15. 734/764-0396. julinels@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
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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 youristpottery.com for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Great Lakes Sporting and Wildlife Arts Show": The Painted Trout.

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Show and sale of works by local artists and crafters, including knives, bamboo fishing rods, and outdoor sports-themed art. Also, gun engraving and fly tying. Live music. Food from Pilar's.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Painted Trout, 12075 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free admission. greatlakessportingarts.com, 424-4822. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinderconcert": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Local early childhood educator Gari Stein, director of Music for Little Folks; members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; saxophonist Dan Graser; and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids from babies through age 6 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10 a.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Trees of Washtenaw County": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Sept. 7 & 21 and Oct. 5. WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a series of hikes to learn about trees found in the area, including honey locusts, tulip trees, black oaks, yellow birches, and others.
10 a.m.-noon, Park Lyndon North (Sept. 7), North Territorial Rd., east of M-52, Lyndon Twp.; Kosch Headwaters Preserve (Sept. 21), 3268 N. Prospect, mile south of Ford Rd., Ypsilanti; Burns-Stokes Preserve (Oct. 5), Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River, just south of Huron River Dr. Free, but preregistration required. stonerf@ewashtenaw.org, 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Free Restorative Yin Yoga Class: Samsara Wellness Center.

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Free Restorative Yin Yoga Class
Please call 734-369-8361 or go to the following link and click "CLASSES" tab to reserve your spot
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/adm/home.asp?studioid=40534
Free Parking
Samsara Wellness Center, 1945 Pauline Suite D. Free. 734-369-8361. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. For preschoolers, accompanied by an adult. Followed by an activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Geocaching 101": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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2013 Geocache Adventure winners Steve and Talle Joliffe demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt.
10:30 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance (meet in the Field Operations Bldg. next to the playground). Free, but preregistration required. bonfigliom@ewashtenaw.org, 971-6337, ext. 320.
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 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 

1st Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 21 & 22. This new festival features Russian food and drinks, including borscht, blini, Russian beer, a vodka infusion competition, and more. Live folk music and other performances. Also, a tearoom with Russian sweets, church tours, sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a puppet show, bounce house, hair braiding, games, and crafts. On Sat. evening only, dancing to music spun by a DJ.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sept. 21) & 1-7 p.m. (Sept. 22), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson. Free admission. (440) 785-6131. [map]
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 11 a.m. (tentative)  Free! 

Ann Arbor Women's Rugby.

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Opponent TBA.

Sept. 21: vs. Fox Valley.

Oct. 19: vs. Chicago

Oct. 26: vs. Indy

Nov. 2: vs. Will County


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11 a.m. (tentative), Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett (off N. Ann Arbor St.), Saline. Free. annarborwomensrugby.com.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Blue Star Memorial Dedication: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Club members, veterans groups, local government officials, and scouts lead a ceremony to dedicate this veterans memorial byway marker that's on the Saline District Library property.
11 a.m., SDL grounds, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. kitgunn@hotmail.com. [map]
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 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Back to School Picnic": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to bring a blanket and lunch for a family-oriented picnic with guided hikes, field games, a chance to visit the LSNC critter house and resident raptors, and live music by Gemini, the nationally acclaimed local acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $6 per family. 997-1533. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Hand Balance (Hand & Headstands): A2 Aviary.

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This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
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 1-10 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

Flexibility (Intro to Contortion): A2 Aviary.

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This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
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 1 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. a2parks@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org/mack
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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Sept. 14, 21, & 28. The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays Midwest Rugby Union rivals Toledo Celtics (Sept. 14), Grand Rapids Gazelles (Sept. 28), Kalamazoo Dogs (Oct. 5), and Tri-City Barbarians (Oct. 19), and a team of U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match (Sept. 21).
1 p.m., Riverside Park, 1009 Canal St. (off Wall St.). Free. michiganrugby.org. 417-4534. [map]
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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor in Russian Literature:
Revisiting the Carl R. Proffer and Ardis Legacies": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Sept. 20-21. A symposium exploring the legacy of Ardis Publishing, an Ann Arbor-based published founded in 1971 by Carl Proffer and his wife Ellendea that became the largest publishing house devoted to Russian literature outside the Soviet Union. The program includes a panel discussion on Sept. 20 with U-M and visiting scholars on "Ardis Publishers and the Russian Literary Canon" and, on Sept. 21, a session titled "Ann Arbor on the Map of Russian Literature: A Tribute to Carl R. Proffer" that features a series of talks by historians, critics, and writers from around the world and a concluding roundtable with former Ardis editors and translators.
2-5 p.m. (Sept. 20), Michigan League Koessler Room, & 1-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-0351. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Museums and Race: New Participatory Practices": U-M Natural History Museum Understanding Race Project Community Conversation.

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Panel discussion with former U-M Museum Studies Director Ray Silverman, African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County president Joyce Hunter, DIA evaluator Kenneth Morris, and DIA Interpretive Engagement director Swarupa Anila. Followed by group discussions.
1-4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Reservations requested. 764-0478. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Sept. 21 & 22: "Mighty Motion" features gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Sept. 28 & 29: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Caterpillar Carnival": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All adults and kids accompanied by an adult invited to learn about caterpillars. Bring caterpillars to inspect, if you wish. Followed by a chance to catch (and release) caterpillars in the park.
2-3 p.m., County Farm Park Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

"World Hobbit Day Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A celebration of the birthdays of Bolbo and Frodo with a program of games and craft activities, along with some fun surprises, for all ages. All invited to dress up in their favorite Middle Earth costume. Snacks.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

10th Anniversary Celebration: Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Giveaways and live music to celebrate the store's 10th anniversary begin tonight with a happy hour that includes live music by veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Dave Boutette. Also, chilled shrimp and other appetizers. Beer available. On Sept. 21, a "Free Slider Saturday" includes sliders, chips, and live music by the local Americana guitar-and-vocal duo Dark Eyed Molly (3-5 p.m.). On Sept. 22, the store gives away slices of birthday cake (noon-4 p.m.), and on Sept. 24, a chance to win a $100 gift card.
5-8 p.m. (Sept. 20), 3-5 p.m. (Sept. 21), & noon-4 p.m. (Sept. 22), Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. 975-4500. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Sept. 7 & 21. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3 & 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3:30 p.m. 

Team USA Under-17 vs. Youngstown: USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

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The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
3:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice 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]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Oktoberfest Block Party: Arbor Brewing Company.

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Sept. 20 & 21. Under 3 big street tents, an old-fashioned Oktoberfest with Arbor Brewing's own beers, along with bratwurst and other food, wine, and soft drinks. Entertainment includes traditional German dance music by The Rhinelanders. Also, polka contests, and German drinking sing-alongs. Lederhosen optional.
5-midnight, Washington between S. Ashley & S. Fourth Ave. (Access to the Fourth & Washington parking structure available off Main.) Free admission. 213-1393.
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 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Double Header: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Two roller derby bouts, with a mix of players from the 3 local teams-Arbor Bruising Co., Ann Arbor Brawlstars, and Ypsilanti Vigilantes-playing against the Downriver Dollz and the Glass City Rollers (Toledo).
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 suggested donation. annarborrollerderby.com. [map]
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Eddy Discovery Center Lock-Out": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 11-17 for a dinner of hot dogs and kabobs around a campfire, followed by a tour of the Discovery Center, some ghost stories, and a night hike led by park interpreter Katie McGlashen to the Center's popular floating bog to see night animals. The evening concludes with s'mores.
6-10 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-8732.
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Healthy Couples Cooking!.

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Bring your favorite someone and a bottle of wine and learn to prepare this entire healthy menu together! A perfect date night - guilt not included! Full participation. Menu: Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Tangerine Salad with Roasted Shallot Balsamic Vinaigrette; Mushroom, Seitan, and Roasted Vegetable Stew-Stuffed Pumpkin with Rich Wine Sauce served with Crusty Whole Grain Baguette; Poires au Chocolate (Chocolate-Dipped Pears). Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7-8 p.m. 

Bellydance Technique and Choreography: A2 Aviary.

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This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Coke/Michigan Invitational: U-M Women's Volleyball.

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Sept. 20 & 21. The U-M plays matches on Sept. 20 against Marshall (11:30 a.m.) and Maryland (7:30 p.m.) and on Sept. 21 against Ohio (7 p.m.).
11:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 20) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 21), Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8 (seniors & youth, $5). 764-0247.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.

Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 7 p.m. 

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

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The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice 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]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Immortal Beloved: An Evening of Works for Piano and Cello": EMU Music Department.

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Pianist Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and cellist Kate Blaha-both EMU music professors-perform Beethoven's passionate G minor Sonata and Rachmaninoff's tempestuous Sonata for Violoncello and Piano.
7 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"we queer here, theoryography 4": U-M Dance Department.

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Sept. 20 & 21. The Duke University-based interdisciplinary group Slippage: Performance|Culture|Technology teams with U-M dance students to create a show exploring the connections between performance and emergent technologies in the service of theatrical storytelling. . Also, Slippage artistic director, Duke University African and African American studies professor Thomas DeFrantz, discusses tonight's show in a talk titled "Performing Queer African American Histories" (Sept. 16, 5 p.m., location TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. 763-5461. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Yours, Anne Frank": U-M Basement Arts.

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Sept. 20-22. Elisabeth Frankel directs U-M theater student Samantha Rehr in their theatrical adaptation of Frank's diary.
7:30 p.m. (Sept. 20 & 21), 11 p.m. (Sept. 21), & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 8 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 ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m. 

Band of Heathens: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Austin-based soul-inflected Americana roots-rock band fronted by singer-songwriters Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi, and Gordy Quist that's known jam-oriented live shows.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Christopher Harding: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M piano professor performs Schumann's Arabesque, Beethoven's Sonata in C minor, and Debussy's Children's Corner and Etampes.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

JOSH WHITE JR. Visits Plymouth for One Night Only.: Barefoot Productions.

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JOSH WHITE JR. Visits Plymouth for One Night Only.
Tony-winning musician, actor, and educator Josh White Jr. will hold his second annual concert at Plymouth's Barefoot Productions on September 21. A frequent performer at the Raven Gallery in Port Huron, White is a dynamic singer-songwriter whose work spans folk, blues, and ballads. He began singing with his father, the influential singer and activist Josh White Sr., at age four and earned a Tony Award for his performance in How Long Til Summer? at just nine years old. Over the years, White has built a successful solo career and developed an intimate presence with audiences worldwide. For an evening of world-class entertainment, make your reservations by phone at (734) 560-1493 or online at http://barefoot.ticketleap.com/josh-white-jr/.
Barefoot Productions, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170
8:00 PM / $20.00
Box Office (734) 560-1493 /www.justgobarefoot.com
Barefoot Productions, 240 N. Main St. Plymouth, Michigan 48170. $20. (734) 560-1493. admin@justgobarefoot.com justgobarefoot.com [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Keith Ruff: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 20 & 21. This Detroit-area African American comic is known for his crisp, clever, slightly twisted topical commentary and for his high-spirited, often whimsical performing style. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Saha, Booker, & Churchville: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This trio of internationally recognized musicians includes Indian tabla player Pandit Samar Saha, nada drum and conga player Muruga Booker, and local drummer and tabla player John Churchville. Tonight they celebrate the release of their debut album, Joty Drums, a collection of improvised percussion music. Opening act is Sumkali, led by Churchville, which blends classical Indian music with jazz and funk idioms.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Rite of Spring": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in Stravinsky's avant-garde 1913 work. Although originally conceived of as a ballet, the music-noted for its many experiments in tonality, meter, rhythm, stress, and dissonance-is considered one of the most influential works of the 20th century. The program also includes local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom's energetic Commedia for "Almost" 18th-Century Orchestra and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors; 1st-time season subscribers, buy 1 get 1 free) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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