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Calendar of Events

Monday, September 23, 2013






 
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"Dirty Wars": Michigan Theater.

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(Rick Rowley, 2013). An investigative journalist is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
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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"Dirty Wars": Michigan Theater.

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(Rick Rowley, 2013). An investigative journalist is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
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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 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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 10-11 a.m. 

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

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Class meets Mondays, September 23 - October 28.
For intermediate-to-advanced players only. The class is conducted as a seminar/discussion group. Topics include: advanced bidding conventions, devastating opening leads, innovative playing techniques and additional topics requested by participants. Instructor is George Valenta.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth 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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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots Under the Water": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a variety of activities learning about plants and animals that live in the water. Siblings welcome.
10-11:30 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $7. 997-1553. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

The Faith of the Founding Fathers and the Importance of Religion in American Life--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Mondays, September 23 - November 11.
The class will show how the religious views of the founders influenced America's historical path. We will demonstrate how their religious inclinations influenced the Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights, American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny, which were fundamental to guiding our progress. Please obtain the book "Faiths of the Founding Fathers" by David L. Holmes. Taught by John Cameron and Jim Melosh.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue,. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 2-3 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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 3-5 p.m. 

Carlos Fuentes and the History of Mexico--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Mondays, September 23 - October 28.
The class focus will be the reading of "The Years With Laura Diaz" by Carlos Fuentes, published in 1999. The novel is loosely based on conversations the author had with his two grandmothers. This family's saga covers a century of Mexican history, from 1868 through 1968. Taught by Eliana Moya-Raggio.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Cranbrook Whole Foods Market Kids Club.

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Sept. 23: "Hunters of the Sky." A representative from Leslie Science and Nature Center shows and discusses a live bald eagle and two other raptors. Sept. 24: "Butterfly Tent." All kids invited to view butterflies in an outdoor tent.
3:30-5:30 p.m., Whole Foods, corner of Eisenhower & Ann ArborČ-Saline Rd. Free. 997-7500.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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San Francisco feminist scholar and activist Rubin, the first graduate of the U-M women's studies program, is joined by U-M English professor David Halperin, U-M sociology professor Elizabeth Armstrong, and U-M anthropology professor Elizabeth Roberts in a discussion of this collection of her influential essays on feminist, LGBT, and sexuality studies.
4 p.m., Michigan League Hussey Room. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 4:45-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Sat. & game days (Sept. 7 & 14). The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sept. 2), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (all other Mon.-Fri.), 1-3 p.m. (Sept. 7 game day), & 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Sept. 14 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-basics-conditioning/ [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Brown Bag Lunch Makeover.

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Tired of the same-ole' boring sandwich or sick of constantly wasting money on going out for lunch everyday? Are you skipping meals due to a busy work-day schedule? Well, we've got the cure for your boring-brown-bag-blues! We'll give you tips on ridding your pantry of nutrient-less nonsense and filling it with healthy hand-crafted cooking! Say 'goodbye' to mystery meats teeming with harmful additives and 'hello' to homemade all natural meals that your ENTIRE FAMILY will enjoy. Full participation. Menu: Hearty Whole Grain Bread; Pan-Cooked Flat Bread; Homemade Mayonnaise; Homemade Dijon Mustard; Herb-Roasted Chicken and Turkey Breast; Asian Vegetable Slaw with Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette; Quinoa Salad with Baby Greens, Butternut Squash, and Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette; Kale Chips, Crunch Roasted Garbanzo Beans; Honey-Lemon Parfaits with Seasonal Fruit. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

Bellydance Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Free Vinyasa Flow Class: Samsara Wellness Center.

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Free Hot Vinyasa Flow class
Please reserve your spot by calling 734-369-8361 or by online and clicking the "CLASSES" tab at the following link
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/adm/home.asp?studioid=40534
Please bring Mat and towel if possible
Samsara Wellness Center. Free. 734-369-8361. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com
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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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 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"SMTD's Got Talent! The Freshman Class Sings": U-M School of Music.

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Incoming freshman voice students each perform their one "homerun" song.
6:45 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

John Rosengren and Doug Wilson: Nicola's Books.

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These two baseball writers read from and discuss their new books about former Detroit Tigers players. Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes is Rosengren's book about the pre-WWII career of one of the few Jewish athletes competing nationally. The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych is Wilson's biography of the eccentric pitcher and 1970s pop icon who was the first athlete on the cover of Rolling Stone. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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! 

"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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 7:30 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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 8 p.m. 

Billy Joe Shaver: The Ark.

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Honky-tonk band led by this veteran Texas singer-songwriter, one of the lesser-known--but arguably the most gifted--of the country music "outlaws" who emerged with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in the mid-70s. Shaver's singing is distinguished by its quiet emotional power and unaffected grit, and his songs, keenly observed and sharply delineated, move easily between homely directness and an authentically spiritual intensity, a combination that yields such unforgettable tropes as dubbing Jesus Christ "a compound country kind of guy." In recent years his songs have been suffused with an elegiac spirituality, at once gritty, gruff, and resiliently sweet-tempered. Opening act is The Honeycutters, the duo of Americana singer-songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and guitarist Peter James.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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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