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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 27, 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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 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Semiannual Rummage Sale: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Household items, furniture, clothing, and more.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 27) & 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept. 28), Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Conference on Environmental Health and the Law: U-M Environmental Law & Policy Program.

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Panel discussions on the relationship between the environmental and public health, pollution and children's health, sustainable communities, urban agriculture, and more by scholars, activists, and others.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M South Hall, 701 S. State. Free. 764-1358. [map]
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 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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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 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Tour": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Leslie Science & Nature Center staff lead a tour of their resident raptors.
9:30 a.m., carpool from Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration required. 475-9242. [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 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Solarium Symposium on the Business of Writing": U-M English Department Helen Zell Writers' Program.

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A daylong symposium that focuses on publishing opportunities afforded by new technologies. 10 a.m.: Welcome by Ghostly International director of creative and business affairs Jeremy Peters. 10:30-11:45 a.m.: Literati bookstore owner Hilary Gustafson moderates a discussion panel on the relationship between publishers, booksellers, and writers, with Independent Booksellers Consortium executive director Lori Tucker-Sullivan, fiction writer Kodi Scheer, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt marketing director Carla Gray. Noon-1:15 p.m.: Writer and U-M instructor Fritz Swanson moderates a discussion panel on interacting with readers through new and old technologies, with Tor.com founder Ann VanderMeer and Ugly Duckling Presse founder Matvei Yankelevich. 1:30-2:45 p.m.: Discussion between New Directions president Barbara Epler and U-M librarian Aaron McCoullough, on New Directions' survival as a small independent publisher. 3-4 p.m.: Keynote address by respected essayist Tom Bissell.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Business of Writing": UMMA.

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Daylong symposium on writing, publishing, and new technologies for each. Highlighted by a keynote speech by Michigan-born L.A.-based travel writer Tom Bissell (3 p.m.), who speaks at UMMA Sept. 26 (see listing).
10 a.m.-4 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 Noon 

Lunchtime Meditation and Sound Healing: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Are you looking for a quiet place where you can relax deeply and de-stress? Give yourself an hour to let go and return balance with the use of guided sound healing, breath and imagery; your body will thank you! No experience with sound healing necessary.
Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Six week session from 9/13 - 10/18.
Amy Koch, PT is a Certified Sound Healer and has lead groups in chanting, toning and sonic prayer. She also teaches meditation and breath awareness as part of her holistic healing practice.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. $60 for 6 weeks (drop-in, $12). 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Sept. 6: Universiti Sains Malaysia humanities professor Ooi Keat Gin on "War and 'Peace': Borneo, 1941-1950." Sept. 27: Cornell University government professor Andrew Mertha on "Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979."
Noon, 1636 International Institute (Sept. 6), SSWB, 1080 South University and Michigan League Room D (Sept. 27). Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 Noon-10 p.m.  Free! 

Timeless Design Dual Trunk Show: Selo/Shevel Gallery.

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Please join us for this special event -- a double trunk show, featuring two of our most popular artists' newest designs. JEWELRY by ALEX SEPKUS from New York, and FURNITURE by TOM SVEC from Pennsylvania. This expansive collection of beautiful intricate Fine Jewelry will be on display Sept 27-28, and Handcrafted Furniture will be on display Sept 27-29. Hours for this dual event are Friday from noon-10pm, Saturday from 11am-5:30pm, and the Svec show continues on Sunday from noon-6pm. More information at seloshevelgallery.com, or call 734-761-4620.
Selo/Shevel Gallery, 301 S. Main St. Free. 734-761-4620. shop@seloshevelgallery.com www.seloshevelgallery.com [map]
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 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunchtime Tour": UMMA.

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UMMA staff and student docents give a 30-minute talk about various themes in the museum's collection.
12:15-12:45 p.m., meet at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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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 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Two-day community festival and juried art fair. Sept. 27: An old-fashioned Oktoberfest, with a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Also, live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse. Sept. 28: Kids activities, live music, food and drinks, and more.

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5-11 p.m. (Sept. 27) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 28), downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Musicology Lectures: U-M School of Music.

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Sept. 6, 20, & 27. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Sept. 6: U-M musicology professor Stefano Mengozzi on "Sacred Words in Ordinary Sounds: Revisiting Musical Humanism." Sept. 20: University of California-Berkeley ethnomusicology professor Jocelyne Guilbault on "Performing Selective Cosmopolitanism." Sept. 27: Tufts University music professor David Locke on "Listening to African Traditional Music."
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 5, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Enough Said": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 27-Oct. 3. (Nicole Holofcener, 2013). Sharp-witted comedy about a divorced single parent dreading her daughter's impending departure for college who meets a sweet-funny like-minded man also facing an empty nest. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener.
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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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Adolph Gottlieb, Sculptor": UMMA.

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Curator Sanford Hirsch, director of the Gottlieb Foundation, discusses the current exhibit of works by this 20th century artist who wrote, along with Rothko, a manifesto for abstract expressionism that was printed in the New York Times in 1943.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 6-10 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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 6 p.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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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Paella Party! (New Menu!).

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Grab a friend, a date, a group of friends, or just come yourself for a super fun evening as we travel to Spain! We will roll up our sleeves, tie on an apron, and start our journey with an assortment of Tapas - Goat Cheese stuffed Piquillo Peppers & Savory Pine Nut Flao with Greens, make a Fideua Paella (pasta paella), and finish with a Flan with 'tipsy' fruit and Pastissets (sugar cookies). DELISH! Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Date Night: Great Fall Cooking: Sur La Table.

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Fall is the perfect time to indulge together in warm, delicious comfort foods. Join us to create an updated version of the timeless picnic favorite, deviled eggs, a new twist on the classic Wellington in a rich, pastry-wrapped pork tenderloin, rustic root veggies, and a creamy, tangy and delectable dessert. Join us in the kitchen with your date for some autumn excitement and energy, and learn how to create exceptional meals, save time and make the most of the great flavors of the season. MENU: Deviled Eggs with Bacon Brioche - Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms and Herbs Wrapped in Puff Pastry - Roasted Fall Vegetables with Farro - Lemon Meringue and Buttermilk Pudding Cake. To register visit, www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table - Arbor Hills, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

FLY Fridays: Crochet a Hat: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Have you been wanting to learn how to crochet? With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn! Join us to learn the basics of crocheting, where you will learn to make a cute winter hat...no experience necessary! Class tuition is $15 per student, per session or $25 for both, all materials and tools are provided! 9/20 - Session 1: Learning to crochet/increasing 9/27 - Session 2: Decreasing Registration is required for these classes, and space will be limited to the first 10 students registering. Register at flyartcenter.org
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $15/$25. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet Mairead Small Staid and fiction writer Jia Tolentino.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7-7:45 p.m. 

Two of a Kind: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family concert by the nationally known, Philadelphia-based children's music duo of husband and wife David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans, who specialize in interactive programs that mix songs, puppets, movements, and stories.
7-7:45 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 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Field Research and Exploration": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Boston University archaeology professor William Saturno, a renowned Mayan scholar, discusses his recent discoveries in Xultun, Guatemala, and what they reveal about the enigmatic Maya, and adventure climber Mark Synnott discusses highlights from a sailing and climbing expedition around the Musandam Peninsula in Oman with his world-renowned team. Hosted by National Geographic Research Conservation and Exploration vice-president John Francis.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"On the Way: Tales and Transformation": Journeys International.

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An evening of travel stories hosted by Moth Storyslam winner Allison Downey and featuring Journeys travellers and guides. In conjunction with a free forum on Sept. 28 on "The Power of Travel: The Future of World Travel" (Michigan Union, 1-4 p.m.) that includes a keynote address by Journeys cofounder Will Weber on "A Case for Ever More Imaginative Engagement with Our Planet" and sessions led by Journeys guides from more than 15 countries.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10. (800) 255-8735. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conscious Movie Night": Center of Light.

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All invited to watch The House I Live in, Eugene Jarecki's 2012 documentary about America's criminal justice system and the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
7:30 p.m., Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (off N. Main). Free. 330-5048. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Guide": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Screening of Oles Sanin's 2014 drama about an American boy and a blind minstrel are thrown together by fate amidst the turbulence of mid-1930s Soviet Ukraine. The Ukrainian entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Ukrainian, Russian, & English; subtitles. Followed by a discussion with director Sanin and the film's star Anton Greene.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater, Michigan Theater. Free. 663-0351. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Allen Williams Artist Reception with The Tone Farmers: The Common Cup Coffeehouse.

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Allen Williams' artist reception will include a performance by The Tone Farmers, featuring bassist Brennan Andes and trumpeter Ross Huff of the Macpodz. Williams will be displaying his images from around the world as well as pieces from his light painting series in his Common Cup show, "Around the World and into Another."
A world traveler and WCC photography graduate, Allen will display photos from his travels and well as work from his unique project titled "The Sherwood Forest." He hikes into the night with colored spot lights and uses a "light painting" technique on various landscapes. With this technique he is able to capture a spectrum of colors on various areas of the landscape giving them a surreal, almost alien landscape like effect.
The Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. 734-327-6914. localgirl@comcast.net [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: University Musical Society.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Directed by Glenn Edgerton, this widely respected Chicago-based modern dance troupe performs resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's One Thousand Pieces, the company's first full-length commissioned work since beginning over 35 years ago. The fast-moving, abstract work was inspired by Marc Chagall's America Windows, the historic panels of stained glass on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago, and is set to music by renowned American composer Philip Glass. The production creates a stunning interplay of color and light: the dancers, donned in blue and red costumes to emulate the colors of Chagall's glass, glide across a water-streaked floor, amid reflective screens, fog, and mist. "Like Chagall, in whose work both human figures and objects seem to float in a dreamy space that defies gravity, Cerrudo has a way of setting his dancers into motion that is so fluid, torquelike and shape-shifting that they seem to skim the surface of the stage," writes a Chicago Sun-Times reviewer. In conjunction with the performances, Hubbard Street is offering a master class at the YMCA on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30 open to dancers of all levels ages 13 and up. (Free, but space is limited. Sign up begins at 6:45.)
8 p.m., Power Center. $20-$54, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Spike Tobin: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 27 & 28. An irreverent, nervously energetic jokester from Boston with a raspy voice, Tobin likes to talk about religion, gun control, and other touchy subjects. 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. 

The Second City: The Ark.

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Sept. 26 & 27. One of the longest-running comedy improv groups in the country, Chicago's popular Second City troupe lampoons contemporary political, cultural, and social events in an evening of short sketches. The sketches are developed and refined nightly in improv sessions held after the regular show, when the actors take suggestions from the audience.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $27 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.org) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in Beethoven's Egmont Overture, John Corigliano's evocative Bob Dylan-inspired song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man with 2013 Concerto Competition-winning vocal soloist Katherine Calcamuggio, Paul Creston's lyrical Saxophone Concerto with 2013 Concerto Competition-winning saxophonist Zachary Stern, and Stravinsky's brilliant and colorful Firebird Suite. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture about the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

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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 8 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of 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., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 8 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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 8 p.m. 

"Lend Me a Tenor": PTD Productions.

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Sept. 19-22 & 25-28. Laura Bird directs local actors in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Stars Brooks Hoste, Dennis Platte, Dick Ward, Marie Jones, Drew Benson, Mary Hopper, and Mary Francheschi.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22 & 25), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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 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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Danc.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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