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Saturday, October 5, 2013






 
 Time TBA 

U-M Volleyball vs. Illinois.

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Time TBA, Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. 2250 S. State. $7 & $8 (seniors & youth, $5). 763-2159. 764-0247.
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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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"Parkland": State Theater.

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Oct. 4-10. (Peter Landesman, 2013). Drama recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
State 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.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 604-0696 (Apr. 5 & 12 rides), 996-9461 (Apr. 19), 663-5060 (Apr. 26), 546-1047 (May 3), 996-4985 (May 10), 274-6350 (May 17), 604-0696 (May 24), 994-6340 (May 31). [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Yeast 101.

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YEAST - nothing scary about it! In this class, we will make different yeast doughs, answer all of your questions, and take away all of your fears of working with this life leavening agent! Bread, Belgian Waffles and Beignets might not sound like they have a similar base, but they do! Learn from this accomplished Pastry Chef how to work with this temperature sensitive dough and make all 3 in class. Full participation. Plenty to eat and plenty to take home! Join us for the morning - we'll have the coffee brewing and kitchen smelling amazing in no time! 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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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
734-426-4477
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9 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. 

"Walk to End Alzheimer's": Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

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Registration and entertainment begins at 8 a.m.
9 a.m., Clocktower gazebo, Chelsea. Donation. Advance registration at alz.org/mglc. (800) 272-3900.
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 9:45 a.m.-oon  Free! 

"Saving the United States Post Office-from Congress?": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Talk by Michigan State Association of Letter Carriers president Dan Florkowski. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

14th Annual Jam Contest & Tasting: Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited to taste--and vote on--homemade jams submitted by Downtown Home & Garden customers. Freshly toasted Zingerman's bread provided for the tasting. Prizes. Anyone can compete; entries must be submitted at the store by 7 p.m. Oct. 4.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Design Build Workshop Your Dream Kitchen: Forward Design Build.

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Where to start when transforming your drab kitchen into a cooking heaven can be a lot to think about. We want to make that process fun and expressive, giving you exactly what you want in a space, down to every last detail.
This workshop will walk you through designing and building your dream kitchen, by utilizing a design build approach. You will have the opportunity to interact with an experienced team of building professionals and ask questions about custom kitchens.
Smooth, stress-free construction is all about preparation. The Design Build process will help you take control of your custom kitchen and budget and ensure a positive experience from design through construction.
Our workshops are always free, always fun, and of course we will have delicious snacks. Because space is limited, advance registration is required. We hope to see you there.
Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor, 179 Little Lake Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734.761.8403. http://yourdreamkitchenworkshop.blogspot.com/ [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 14 & 15) & Oct. 5 & 19. 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.
4:45-6:15 p.m. (except Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon and Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-noon), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Purse & Jewelry Sale: Dexter Senior Center.

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Sale of donated jewelry and purses.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-7737. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"21st Annual Apple Daze": Dexter Lions Club.

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Includes a popular classic car show (with prizes), craft booths, kids games (with prizes), a pie-eating contest, hayrides to the Dexter Cider Mill, and more. Entertainment TBA. Sale of pizza, ice cream, candy apples, cider, and other goodies.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monument Park, downtown Dexter. Free admission. Contact Dennis Berry at 424-0687 to enter the car show. Info: 502-4257.
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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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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [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. 

Macarons 101: Sur La Table.

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Delicate, brightly colored meringue cookies around a delicious, smooth filling-the macaron entices the eye before it melts away in a sweet bite or two. This special French confection is a culinary world favorite, and now you can learn professional tips and tricks for creating your own bakery-quality macarons at home. We'll also explore a variety of flavorful fillings so that you may create your own tempting variations on a delicious classic. MENU: Chocolate Macarons with Coffee Buttercream - Cinnamon Macarons with Spiced Apple Filling - Pistachio Macarons with Chocolate Ganache to register visit www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [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.-noon  Free! 

The Garden Mill Autumn Harvest Series.

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Talks and demonstrations by various speakers.

Oct. 5: "Apple Tasting." An Alber Apple Orchard representative offers samples of several varieties of Michigan apples, along with recipes for various yummy apple treats.

Oct. 12: "Spring Bulbs." Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield discusses how and when to plant bulbs for spring gardens and forcing bulbs for winter blooms.

Oct. 19: "Recipes from the Fall Garden." Former Garden Mill owner Trinh Pifer presents recipes for using squashes, kale, cauliflower, Swiss chard and other fall crops.

Oct, 26: "Overwinter Your Garden." Jennifer Fairfield offers tips for preparing your garden for winter, including cutting back perennials, mulching, which plants need protection from the elements, and more.

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11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars Read Day for Teens": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 6-12 invited to read Star Wars books. Also, a chance to cook food inspired by the films and make crafts based on the popular Origami Yoda series.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Family Crafts: Ophir Crafts.

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Family Crafts
Ophir Crafts features Family Crafts (clay miniatures, card-making and spinning demonstrations) each Saturday from 11:30-12:15 and 12:30-1:15 at our store, Westgate Shopping Center 2507 Jackson Ave.
October classes are free, minimal cost for materials.
Register at www.ophircrafts.com, or by emailing ophircrafts@gmail.com
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [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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 Noon-2 & 3-4:30 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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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Family Crafts: Ophir Crafts.

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Family Crafts
Ophir Crafts features Family Crafts (clay miniatures, card-making and spinning demonstrations) each Saturday from 11:30-12:15 and 12:30-1:15 at our store, Westgate Shopping Center 2507 Jackson Ave.
October classes are free, minimal cost for materials.
Register at www.ophircrafts.com, or by emailing ophircrafts@gmail.com
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 12:55-4:40 p.m. 

"Eugene Onegin": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Tchaikovsky's passionate opera about an adventurous young man who comes to regret the rashness of his youth when he killed his best friend in a duel and rejected a naive country girl's love. Stars Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Piotr Beczala.
12:55 p.m.-4:40 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; kids age 12 & under & students, $20) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [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.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey vs. Iowa.

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1 p.m., Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 763-2159. [map]
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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 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Oct. 5, 6, 19, & 20. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Oct. 5 & 6: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Oct. 19 & 20: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars Reads Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to come in costume as their favorite Star Wars character for related craft activities.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Crossing Over: The Spirituality of Transofmration: Oasis & LGBT Resource Center of EMU.

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This conference, which is open to all, will explore the spirituality that has enabled people who are transgender to claim the blessing of who they are. Speakers include The Rev. Dr. Julie Nemececk, JJ Marie Gufreda, Noah Meeks, Joanne Nemecek, and Jonah Thompson. The Conference will go from 2:00-5:15p.m. A showing of the film "Trans" will proceed the conference and an optional (paid) dinner will follow. For more information please go to www.oasisministrymi.org or call (734)846-3578.
Eastern Michigan Univ. Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti. Free. (734)846-3578. jsummers@umich.edu www.oasisministrymi.org [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Double Feature: An Afternoon of Barbershop Harmony": Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines/Huron Valley Harmonizers.

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Voices in Harmony, a local Sweet Adelines women's chorus, and the Harmonizers, a local men's barbershop chorus, present a program of a cappella music, separately and together. Also, performances by some of each chorus's quartets.
2 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & older, teens ages 13-18, & students, $12; kids 12 & under, free) in advance at voicesinharmonychorus.org and hvharmonizers.org, and at the door. 445-1925, 612-7580. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Stuff Move with Arduino": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All Hands Active members show adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to use Arduino, the popular open-source single-board microcontroller designed to make the use of electronics in projects easier.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars: The Essential Readers Companion": Barnes & Noble.

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Chris Trevas, Joe Corroney, and Brian Rood discuss this book they helped illustrate. Q&A. Also, a visit from costumed Storm Troopers and displays of Star Wars art.
2-3:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat.All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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Group meets at the Pierce Park picnic shelter in the summer months.


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 5 & 19. 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. Note: The Oct. 19 session is a practice for the 3rd Saturday Contra Dance that evening.
3-6 p.m. (Oct. 5) & 4-6 p.m. (Oct. 19), 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.  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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 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. 

U-M Football vs. Minnesota.

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3:30 p.m., Michigan Stadium. Ticket price TBA at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/michigan-football-tickets. 764-0247.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling popularization of current scientific views on the nature and power of first impressions.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 4:45 p.m. 

"Blue Jasmine": Michigan Theater.

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(Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.
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 p.m. 

Texas Hold 'Em: Saline American Legion.

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Poker tournament. Prizes. Refreshments. Note: The Sept. 14 & Oct. 5 dates are tentative.
5 p.m. (registration begins at 4 p.m.), American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan, Saline. $50. 429-7310. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Date Night: Taste of Thailand": Sur La Table.

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A mingling of complex flavors and exquisite textures makes eating Thai food a sensual and exciting experience. In this hands-on class you'll participate with your date and others to learn how to combine aromatic herbs and spices with quintessential ingredients to create a delicious Thai meal. You'll learn tips and techniques on how to best balance the unique flavors of Thailand for restaurant-quality, intensely flavorful dishes. MENU: Steamed Mussels in Chile-Coconut Broth - Pork Tenderloin with Red Curry Peanut Sauce - Green Papaya Salad - Fried Bananas with Ginger Ice Cream. To register visit, www.surlatbale.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to live Balkan and Scandinavian music by Veselba.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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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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 7:15-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 28-Oct. 26, every Sun. in Oct., and Oct. 24, 30, & 31. Six different scary attractions--including a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 30 & 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $18 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $17) for access to one area; $36 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $40) for all areas. 390-9208. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Oct. 5: Ray Bantle calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Nov. 2: Ohio caller Michael Hamilton & live music by the Oberlin band Gallimaufry.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Oct.: $10 (members, $9; students, $5). Nov.: $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival.

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4 days of Korean films, sponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies and the Global Film Initiative. Korean, subtitles.

Oct. 3: Jiseul (Meul O., 2012). Historical drama about a small 1950s South Korean village that rebels against police brutality and is subsequently labeled communist and attacked by the army.

Oct. 4: Breathless (Yang Ik-june, 2008). Drama about a loan shark who strikes up a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he's facing his own troubled past.

Oct. 5: Dooman River (Lu Zhang, 2010). See review. Drama about a 12-year-old boy who befriends a young North Korean immigrant who has just crossed the Dooman River border between North Korea and China.

Oct. 6: Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-Jun, 2012). Documentary about a young deaf and blind writer who depends on his wife, a cheerful woman with a spinal deformity.

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8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Kathryn Votapek & Ralph Votapek: U-M School of Music.

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U-M violin and viola lecturer Kathryn and MSU piano professor emeritus Ralph perform works by Grieg, Hindemith, Schumann, and Ravel.
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. 

Kirsten Carey: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This young composer-guitarist and U-M music student celebrates the release of her album The Ulysses Project, a suite of ten songs inspired by characters, themes, and scenes from James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The songs draw from a variety of musical styles, including free jazz, taize worship music, funk, and rock, and use free improvisation to emulate the ordered chaos of Joyce's stream-of-consciousness prose style. With saxophonist Patrick Booth, trumpeter Derek Worthington, bassist Ben Willis, drummer Jon Taylor, and narrator Corey Smith.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Norm Stulz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 3-5. Veteran Detroit stand-up comic who specializes in funny tales about raising 3 kids and other aspects of family life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Second City: The Ark.

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Oct. 4 & 5. 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 $25 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. 

"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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 8 p.m. 

"Red Noses": U-M Theatre Departmen.

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Oct. 3-6 & 10-13. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs U-M drama students in British playwright Peter Barnes' Olivier-winning 1985 dark comedy, set in 14th-century France in the midst of the Black Death, that draws on Barnes' trademark blend of slapstick, surprise, and hectic comedy to celebrate the subversive power of laughter. When a sprightly monk thinks he has found his calling after he inadvertently causes laughter, founds a company of misfits who go about wearing red clown noses and offering bawdy, satirical entertainments for the amusement of the populace and the comic glory of God. But when the health crisis passes, the church hierarchy grows hostile toward the monk's disorderly new order.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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