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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 7, 2013

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 10 a.m. 

Chinese Culture and History, and Nuclear Physics in the News--OLLI Study Groups: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Chinese class ($35) meets Mondays, 10 am-12:00 noon, Oct 7-Nov 11 at TSRC, 2401 Plymouth Rd.
This class will provide an introduction to Chinese history, philosophy, and culture. It will cover education, communication, governing, health beliefs, sports, migration, wars and their impacts, American influence and the Taiwan issue. Amy Seetoo is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange in Michigan.
Physics class ($35) meets Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am Oct 7-Nov 4 at Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd.
Five sessions combine illustrated presentations on basic concepts of nuclear and atomic physics with online searches for news articles that relate to those concepts. Topics include radiocarbon dating, diagnostic & therapeutic use of radiation, nuclear power, & nuclear weapons. Half discussion of news articles brought in by participants and half presentations on concepts. Facilitated by John Preston.
Turner Senior Resource Center (Chinese) & Grace Bible Church (Nuclear Physics), see above for address. $35 per class. 734-998-9351.
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 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 7 & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 7: University of Chicago political science professor Lisa Wedeen on "Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria." Oct. 21: University of Illinois-Chicago sociology professor Andy Clarno on "The Constitution of State/Space and the Limits of 'Autonomy' in South Africa and Palestine/Israel."
Noon-2 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 647-4143. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

Fall Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 9 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Time for a Critter Quest!" Smithsonian channel wildlife host Peter Schriemer shows off some live creatures, shows clips from his Critter Quest TV series, and offers tips for exploring the natural world, finding wildlife, and recognizing signs of autumn's arrival.

Sept. 16 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Crepuscular Critters and Their Friends." Naturalist Paul McCormack brings in a variety of live animals to discuss the behaviors and adaptations of crepuscular, nocturnal and diurnal creatures.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 7 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis and Jason Eyster show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 21 (2-3 p.m.): "Creepy Creatures." Wildlife Safari (Canton) staff display ad discuss some of its scariest critters.

Oct. 28 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 7.

Nov. 11 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Michigan." Creature Conservancy veterinarian Steve Marsh displays and discusses a red fox, a coyote, a skunk, and other Michigan mammals.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 3-4:30 p.m. 

Basic Investing Concepts--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Mondays, October 7 - October 28.
This course will inform retirees with little or no investing experience on how to select and evaluate a good, independent investment advisor. George Levy also plans a follow-on class in Winter 2014 on investing in retirement. Investing is a longstanding hobby of George Levy and he is not affiliated with any provider of investing products.
Jewish Community Centeer, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Rediscovering Hellenistic Petra": U-M Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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University of Miami history professor David Graf discusses recent excavations at Petra and key Nabataean sites that indicate settlements earlier than 63 BCE, when it had previously been believed that the nomadic Nabataeans first settled.
4 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-2993. [map]
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 4 & 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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Til Death Do Us Part: Seeking an End to America's Turbulent Love Affair with the Cigarette": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by U-M School of Public Health health management and policy professor Kenneth Warner.
4-5:30 p.m., 1120 Weill Hall, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-3893. [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"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)., 668-TIME.
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 4:45-6:15 p.m.  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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 5 & 7 p.m. 

Tribeca Film Festival: Quality 16.

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Screening of highlights of the 2013 version of this prestigious NYC film festival.

Oct. 7: Supporting Characters (Daniel Schechter, 2012). Comedy about 2 New York film editors who balance their personal relationships while reworking a movie in crisis. Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe.

Oct. 14: The English Teacher (Craig Zisk, 2013). Comic drama about an English teacher whose life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York. Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano.

Oct. 21: What Richard Did (Lenny Ambrahamson, 2012). Quietly devastating drama about the golden boy of a privileged set of Dublin teens who does something that destroys his own bright future and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy.

Oct. 28: A Single Shot (David M. Rosenthal, 2013). Atmospheric thriller about a cat and mouse between a hunter and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy.

Nov. 4: Let the Fire Burn (Jason Osder, 2013). Documentary about the the 1985 tragedy that unfolded when Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE and did not fight the resulting fire for more than an hour.

5 & 7 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $10 (kids ages 3-11, $6.75; seniors age 62 & older, $7) for the 7 p.m. show, $6.75 for the 5 p.m. show. 623-7469. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Basics: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women: Huron River Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Auditions for "Peter Pan" with stage "flying": The Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild.

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"Peter Pan" auditions
Professional theatrical flight featured !
Stage flight provided by Hall Associates Flying Effects
Everyone who auditions will be accepted into the cast. Everyone in the cast will act in every performance.
Performance: December 13 at 7:30 pm, December 14 at 2:00 & 7:30 pm, & December 15 at 2:00 pm at The Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, University of Michigan Central Campus
Director: Sue Roe
Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Free. 734) 926-5629. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Monthly Permaculture Meeting: Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti.

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An invitation from Jesse Tack, Design Consultant with the permaculture design firm Whole Culture Repair to join the new group:
"Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti"
This is an ongoing permaculture meeting every first Monday of the month. All are welcome. Our goal is to co-create abundance for our members in food, medicine, materials, economy and living water. We support Abundance in all Michigan Communities. Join 'Abundant Michigan' for our monthly permaculture meeting at the Growing Hope Center, entitled "Guild-Based Economic Activities". We will be creating functional guilds that work cooperatively towards abundance in food, water, materials, and lowered bills. Suggested donation: $10 or trade equivalent.
Growing Hope Center, 922 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 & 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Intro To Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class will be an introduction to using the skills learned in Aerial Silks: Basics, along with more advanced poses, to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air at a time, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. All students will have the option to perform at our monthly showcase event, LIFT OFF. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Easy & Delicious Fall Suppers *Giveaway*: Sur La Table.

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Fall is the perfect time to indulge in warmth: steaming soups and stews, rustic root veggies, hearty main courses, and delectable desserts, all of which double as the most nostalgic of comfort foods. Join us as we return to the kitchen with new excitement and energy, to create exceptional meals and impart time-saving tips and culinary tricks to make the most of the season.
*Class bonus: All students will take home a Sur La Table Covered Casserole dish, included in class price!
MENU: Pan-Seared Fish with Tomatoes and Fennel - Chicken, Olive and Lemon Tagine - Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie - Chocolate-Chunk Bread Pudding
Register at
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. [map]
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 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Two for One Evening: Voice Department and Nadine Balbeisi Recital": U-M School of Music.

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Performances by U-M voice majors. Followed by a recital by Balbeisi, the 2013 U-M Emerging Alumni Artist award. Q&A.
6:45 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Monday Funnies Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 30: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986). Comedy about a mischievous teen's adventures when he skips school. Matthew Broderick.

Oct. 7: Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens.

Oct. 14: Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Outrageously irreverent, hilarious parody of Arthurian tales. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones.

Oct. 21: Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974). Hilarious burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman.

Oct. 28: Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004). Comedy about a zombie invasion.

Nov. 4: The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980). Popular John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd comedy that features musical performances by Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and other blues and R&B luminaries.

Nov. 11: Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011). Romantic comedy about a woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph.

Nov. 18: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967). Landmark seriocomedy about a naive young man at loose ends after graduating from college. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.

Nov. 25: This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984). Pitch-perfect mockumentary about a fictional English hard-rock band. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.

Dec. 2: Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003). A warm, big-hearted romantic comedy about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened, boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nightly, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson.

7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Movie Night": Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor.

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Chiropractor Denise Acton shows and discusses a film on a health-related topic TBA.
7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7:30 pm 

Cocktail Class: Autumn Cocktails.

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When I think about fall, I think about apples, pears, and pies with warm spices and molasses, and we'll be mixing up cocktails inspired by those ingredients. This will include some great farm-to-glass drinks inspired by the Farmer's Market. We'll also talk about how to make and use different kinds of sweeteners in cocktails.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 734-276-3215. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Adrian Legg: The Ark.

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This celebrated acoustic guitar virtuoso is a perennial winner of Guitar Player magazine's Best Fingerstylist award. Legg's compositions, alternately joyful and soaring or moody and melancholy, offer an elegant, intricate blend of country, jazz, folk, rock, Celtic, and classical idioms, and his work is especially known for his melodic inventiveness. But it is the dazzling, dizzying blend of speed, precision, and witty playfulness in his guitar work that leaves audiences and critics gasping. "To say that Legg is a good player is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle," says one reviewer. His live shows also feature his deadpan humor and hilarious stories--a talent that has landed him a second career as a commentator-at-large on NPR's All Things Considered.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Norman and Jonathan Caldwell conduct this music student ensemble in works inspired by poetry as well as Caribbean, South American, and Baroque European dance rhythms. The program includes Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Iannaccone's Sea Drift, Gorb's French Dances Revisited, Gandolfi's Vientos y Tangos, and Mobberly's Words of Love, a song setting of Mobberly's father's writing about the love of his life.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Radiolab Live: Outback Concerts/Live Nation.

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Live presentation of this popular public radio show that blends storytelling, music, and science to produce accessible, engagingly lighthearted explorations of broad philosophical topics. For tonight's show--which addresses the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow-cohosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are joined by the acoustic bass-and-percussion duo On Fillmore, composer Sarah Lipstate's solo guitar project Noveller, and the innovative comic Kurt Braunohler.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35 & $45 in advance at & all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Viewing Night: U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Oct. 7 & 22. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check in the late afternoon on the day of the event to see if it has been canceled due to weather conditions.
8-9:30 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482 (daytime), 763-2230. [map]
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