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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 26, 2013






 
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"Still Mine": Michigan Theater.

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Sept. 25-Oct. 1: (Michael McGowan, 2012). An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.
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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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thursday, Aug. 29-Oct. 24 and Sept. 8. All invited to join WAS members for a leaderless hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m. (Thurs.) & 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Sept. 8), meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. 677-3275.
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 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Life Line Screening: Life Line.

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Calvary Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 9/26/2013. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood Ave. $129-$149. 734-971-3121. info@calvarya2.com [map]
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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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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Sept. 5-Dec. 12. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 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]
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 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]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Our Constitution": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by club member Sharon Clark.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975-1976. [map]
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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Is It Hard to Pivot Based on Science?": U-M Risk Science Center.

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British journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas, author of The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans, discusses why it is difficult for leaders to change their opinions based on scientific evidence. Followed by a panel discussion that explores topics such as climate change, fracking, and GMOs.
2-4 p.m., U-M Palmer Commons Great Lakes Room, 100 Washtenaw. Free; preregistration required at umriskscience.org. tracyks@umich.edu, 763-0656. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Science: Understanding Obesity as a Disease": U-M Life Sciences Institute.

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Why do people become obese, and why is lasting weight loss so difficult?
Alan Saltiel, director of the U-M Life Sciences Institute and a world-renowned researcher of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders, will lecture on the science of obesity, exploring how obesity causes myriad health problems and why it is so hard to treat.
Dr. Saltiel will also discuss recently discovered potential treatments including amlexanox, an anti-obesity drug currently in clinical trials at U-M and recently featured in the Observer as well as CNN, the Detroit Free Press and many other media outlets.
The 2013-14 Follow the Science series explores how research is revolutionizing our approach to health, disease and treatments.
No scientific background is required to understand the presentation. Lectures are free and open to the public; a Q&A session with complimentary refreshments at the Life Sciences Institute will follow the lecture. Please visit lsi.umich.edu for other lectures.
Palmer Commons, Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw Ave. Free. umlifesciencesinstitute@umich.edu /www.lsi.umich.edu/events/public-lecture-series [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Cuba: Shared Memories and Everyday Spaces": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Award-winning Cuban photographer Humberto Mayol presents a retrospective of his 30-year career as a photographer.
4-6 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 4:15 or 6:30 p.m. (choose one)  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-5. Today is "Johnny Appleseed Day," with apple crafts, tastings, and more.
4:15-5:15 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m. (choose one), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 5:00 p.m.  Free! 

Environmental Law and Public Health Conference: University of Michigan Law School Environmental Law & Policy Program.

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The Environmental Law & Policy Program is pleased to sponsor a conference on environmental law and public health. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will give the keynote address, followed by a moderated question and answer session, at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, in Hutchins Hall room 100.
The conference will continue at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, in South Hall room 1225. Panel topics will include environmental protection and public health values, pollution and children's health, and sustainable communities, among others.
These events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, please visit law.umich.edu/elpp.
Hutchins Hall room 100 and South Hall room 1225, 625 and 701 S. State Street. Free. 734.764.4705. rickardj@umich.edu www.law.umich.edu/elpp [map]
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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Mary Sibande: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Lecture by this up-and-coming young South African artist who constructs elaborate visual narratives that address race, gender, and class in postcolonial South Africa.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 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]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

GAASHRM Information Night at Zingerman's Community of Businesses: Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resource Management.

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GAASHRM is inviting the community, its members, and guests to an evening of networking, information and fun at one of Ann Arbor's most recognized companies - Zingerman's.
Come and learn about the benefits and opportunities with GAASHRM, enjoy some refreshments, and get to tour one of three Zingerman's Businesses: Bakehouse, Creamery, or Coffee company.
This is a free event, but registration is required so we can appropriately plan for food and tour space.
ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Canton. Free. 734-223-0575. stbhesson@yahoo.com www.gaashrm.org [map]
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 5:30-8 p.m. 

"A2 Art & Brew": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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All age 21 & over invited to visit several local microbreweries to sample beers and hors d'oeuvres and view art created for the occasion. Attendees vote on "Best Brew," "Best Bite," and "Best Original Work of Art."
5:30-8 p.m., various locations. $50 in advance by Sept. 15; $60 after Sept. 15. annarborartcenter.org, 994-8004.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Introductory Meditation Course: Zen Buddhist Temple.

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Meditation is the heart of all Buddhist practice. Zen meditation is both a spiritual and a physical discipline, based on a clear and simple lifestyle with a strong focus. Simplicity, clarity, and spiritual joy are guidelines for attaining peace of mind, developing a compassionate heart, and encouraging right livelihood. Class meets five Thursday evenings beginning May 26 through June 22, 6:30-8:30pm. Cost is $160/$120 students.
Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Street. (734) 761-6520. hajusunim@gmail.com www.ZenBuddhistTemple.org [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Award-winning nonfiction writer Michael Paterniti, author of the best-selling Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain, discusses his new book about his search for a rare and expensive cave-aged Spanish cheese he first heard about in an article by Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig in the Zingerman's News that Paterniti read 22 years ago when he was a U-M English grad student with a part-time job at Zingerman's. Also, tastings of a selection of fine Spanish foods, including many cheeses. Signing.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $30. Space limited; reservations required. 663-3400. [map]
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 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]
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 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7 p.m., CUBS' AC in Colonial Lanes, 1950 South Industrial. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]
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 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]
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 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. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sheryl James: Nicola's Books.

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reads from Michigan Legends: Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes State, her new book that collects real and imagined stories of Michigan's past. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

The Fabulous Heftones: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pop love songs and novelty tunes from the 1920s by by the Lansing husband-and-wife duo of Lynn Hershberger, who plays a banjo-like stand-up bass called the Heftone, and ukulele player Brian Hefferan.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Comic Book Creations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to make a pendant necklace or locker magnet using comic book illustrations.
7-8 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Company": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat, Sept. 26-Oct. 20. Thalia Schramm directs this local professional company in George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's brassy, earthy 1970 musical comedy about an exorbitantly uncommitted Manhattan bachelor and his mostly married friends. The Tony-winning score includes such hit songs as "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "The Little Things You Do Together," and "Side by Side by Side." Cast: Steve DeBruyne, Wendy Katz Hiller, Katie Lietz, Sonja Marquis, Greg Bailey Pete Podolski, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, and other local actors.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Oct. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 545 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat., & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Snail Darter and the Dam": Literati Bookstore.

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Boston College law professor Zygmunt Plater reads from and discusses his new book about a remarkable 1978 environmental law case that was decided by the Supreme Court. In 1973, a Tennessee biologist discovered an endangered species that made it possible to file a lawsuit against the TVA that wanted to dam a river that supported a vibrant farming community.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Lusophone Film Festival: U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Semester-long showcase of contemporary Portuguese language films shown with subtitles. The screenings are preceded by an introduction by a U-M faculty or grad student expert in the country of the film.

Sept. 12: Girimunho (Swirl) (Clarissa Campolina & Helvécio Marins, 2011). Brazilian film about an 81-year-old village woman who tries to create a new life after the death of her husband. Michigan Theater.

Sept. 26: O soma ao redor (Neighboring Sounds) (Kleber Mendonça Fihlo, 2012). When a private security firm is enlisted to protect the residents of an affluent Brazilian seaside community from petty crime, it unleashes the anxieties, resentments, and fears of a society built on violence and repression. UMMA Stern Auditorium.

Oct. 10: Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012). Critically acclaimed, formally daring, drama about an illicit love affair set in the context of Portuguese colonial history. UMMA Auditorium.

Oct. 24: Transeunte (Passerby) (Eryk Rocha, 2010). Entranciinng cinematic poem about a retired, brooding sixty-something man who has lost all ties to life and aimlessly walks the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro unnoticed. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 7: Virgin Margarida (Licinio Azevedo, 2012). Drama, set during the Mozabican Civil War, about a group of urban women taken to a re-education camp, where they are indoctrinated in a self-righteousness creed that scorns individuality and subjectivity and makes male domination an ideological prerogative. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 14: Children's Republic (Flora Gomes, 2011). Bitingly satiric comic allegory about a prosperous and stable small West African country that, following many years of conflict, is populated and governed only by children. Michigan Theater.

Dec. 5: The Great Kilapy (Zeze Gamboa, 2012). Witty, compelling portrait of the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola centered on the story of a crooked but irresistible bon vivant who, on the eve of Angolan independence in 1975, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration. Michigan Theater.

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7:30 p.m., various locations. Free. 764-8164.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 26-Oct. 27. Tim Rhoze directs John Manfredi in Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "Haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Oct. 12 & 26), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Sept. 26), $24 & $26 (Sept. 27 & 29), $30 & $32 (Sept. 28), and $22 & $24 (Oct. 3). Oct. 4 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Oct. 4: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 7:30 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 gqti.com and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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Girton College Choir: First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.

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This internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble from Cambridge, U.K., performs Faure's Requiem as well as works by Vittoria, Monteverdi, Elgar, Howells, and Britten.
8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Freewill offering. 662-1679. [map]
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Vienna Teng: The Ark.

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Sept. 26 & 27. A former software engineer, this San Francisco pop-rock singer-songwriter--who moved to town to get a master's in sustainable enterprise at the U-M--is known for her graceful melodies and evocatively insightful lyrics. Her songs range from spare, melancholy piano ballads to lush, multilayered musical landscapes--she once toured Europe with a quartet from the Berlin Philharmonic. She has a brand-new CD, Aims. Opening acts are Alex Wong (Sept. 26), an acclaimed Brooklyn-based chamber pop singer-songwriter, and Barnaby Bright (Sept. 27), the indie folk-rock duo of singer-songwriters Nathan and Rebecca Bliss.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $26 (students, $21) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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"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 showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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"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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