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Thursday, October 10, 2013






 
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories to kids age 6 & under. Themes include Dora the Explorer (Oct. 15), Love (Oct. 17), Bats (Oct. 22 & 24), and Halloween (Oct. 29 & 31).
10:30 a.m. (Thurs.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Quit Tobacco Program-Starts October 10: MHealthy - University of Michigan.

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Quit Tobacco Program-Starts October 10
This six-week tobacco treatment group offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service starts Thursday, October 10, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor. Program covers preparing to quit, how quitting affects your body, tobacco treatment medications, setting a quit date, how to live free of tobacco, and relapse prevention. FREE to U-M employees, U-M retirees, patients with U-M physician referral and community members. Pre-registration is required. Call 734-998-6222 to sign up, or for more information visit www.mhealthy.umich.edu/tobacco
Traverwood, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. 734/764-0396. julinels@umich.edu http://www.hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/tobacco/ [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Entertainment by local and visiting performers. Oct. 3: Traditional, original, and Latin jazz by the Edie Herrold Trio. Oct. 10: Folk music of the 60s by the Folk Revival Band, the duo of twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits (who are best known as the children's duo Gemini). Oct. 17: U-M music majors. Oct. 24: Classical piano by Paul Skripnik. Oct. 31: Indian classical music by Rajeeb Chakraborty.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs. Lectures by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: Northwestern University history professor Amy Stanley on "A Maidservant's Tale: Japanese History and the Early Modern World." Oct. 10: Global Water Japan president Kazunari Yoshimura on "A General Overview of Global Water Issues: Current Water Concerns and the U.S.-Japan Relationship." Oct. 17: Boston University Japanese and comparative literature professor J. Keith Vincent on "'Out Gays' or 'Shameless Gays'? What Gets Lost and What Is Gained When U.S. Queer Theory is Translated into Japanese?" Oct. 24: Toshio Iizuka, a former member of the 1960s radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro, discusses his experiences with the collective with U-M film professor Markus Nornes. Oct. 31: U-M art & design professor Robert Platt on "The Phantom Hut: Landsape Appreciation and Hermetic Tendencies in Japan and the West."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 936-7621. [map]
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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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

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

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Daze for Teens": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 6-12 invited to make items out of duct tape.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 10, 18, & 24. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 10: University of Leeds and Columbia University Southeast Asian politics professor Duncan McCargo on "Dispensing Justice? The Work of Thai Police Investigators." Oct. 18: U-M sociology professor emeritus John Knodel on "Well Being of Older Persons in Myanmar in Comparative Perspective." Oct. 24: University of Wisconsin history professor Thongchai Winichakul on "Buddhist-Christian Controversies and Comparative Religion in Siam, the 1850s-1980s."
4 p.m. (Oct. 10) & noon (Oct. 18 & 24), 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Sept. 12: Tarantula Power!, Ann Nagda's book about a kid who has to work on a group project with the school bully. Oct. 10: Book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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). michtheater.org, 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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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, & 24. Readings by poets and writers. Oct. 3: Poetry reading by Ken Chen and Ravi Shankar. Chen is a Brooklyn-based poet and lawyer whose debut poetry collection, Juvenalia, won the 2009 Yale Series of Younger Poets award. The book chronicles his relationship with his immigrant family and his attempts to recapture his youth through poems noted for their urgent, wry, and exhilarating voice. Shankar, a writing professor at Central Connecticut State College, is the award-winning author of the collections Instrumentality and Deepening Groove. "Shankar is that breed of formalist who refuses to disdain experimental verse. . . . [I]t's chemically absorbed into his love of symmetry and classical sensibility," writes fellow poet Djelloul Marbrook. Oct. 10: NYC-based fiction writer and critic Dale Peck, most widely known for his blistering reviews of contemporary books by fellow authors. His literary criticism is collected in his book Hatchet Jobs. In his novels, including Martin and John, The Law of Enclosures, and Now It's Time to Say Goodbye, Peck thoughtfully explores issues of identity and sexuality. Oct. 17: Fiction writer Christopher Castellani, author of the three critically acclaimed novels A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and the 2013 All This Talk of Love. All three novels follow the Grassos family, from their experiences as rural Italians during WWII, to their immigration to America in the 1950s, to their intergenerational struggle with identity as Italian-Americans. The books are "a series of novels that with their mellifluous, gently satirical style and dark, elegiac heart, form something of an opera buffa of the immigrant experience," writes a New York Times reviewer. Oct. 24: Asheville-based writer and U-M alumna Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Swan Thieves and the bestselling novel The Historian, about a woman's quest for the inspiration behind the Dracula tales.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. Talks by visiting artists. Oct. 3: Industrial designer Mark Dziersk on "Design Thinking, Creativity, and Risk." Oct. 10: Tribute to U-M art & design grad Mike Kelley, a Detroit-born California-based artist who, before his death, had begun work on a life-size replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home, which now resides at MOCAD. Mike Kelley Foundation executive director Mary Clare Stevens gives a talk and shows videos that document Kelley's last project. Oct. 17: Engineer, designer, and hacker Salvatore Iaconesi, principal of Art is Open Source, gives a talk on "The Mirror and the Source." Oct. 24: New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly on "What's So Funny about Humor?" Oct. 31: Singer and performer Joseph Keckler on "I, as an Opera."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Fish 101: Sur La Table.

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Preparing fish can be a little challenging for home cooks, but this class will show you how simple and satisfying it can be. We'll share tips for taking advantage of what's available at market, then walk you through the steps to attaining the perfect sear, grill and roast on an assortment of fresh fish. We'll also explain how to elevate each with seasonings and homemade sauces. You'll be creating restaurant-quality dishes in no time. MENU: Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce - Spice Roasted Salmon with Citrus Basmati - Cod Poached in Green Curry Broth - Potato Crusted White Fish with Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette to register visit www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Introductory Meditation Course: Zen Buddhist Temple.

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Meditation is the heart of all Buddhist practice. Zen meditation is both a spiritual and a physical discipline, based on a clear and simple lifestyle with a strong focus. Simplicity, clarity, and spiritual joy are guidelines for attaining peace of mind, developing a compassionate heart, and encouraging right livelihood. Class meets five Thursday evenings beginning May 26 through June 22, 6:30-8:30pm. Cost is $160/$120 students.
Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Street. (734) 761-6520. hajusunim@gmail.com www.ZenBuddhistTemple.org [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Once Upon a Time": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater presents a collection of children's classics that includes "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Reynard the Fox," and "Three Little Pigs." Recommended for age 4 & up.
6:30-7:30 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs., except Thanksgiving. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Erik Santos: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M composition professor performs his works that are inspired by his recent travels to Japan following the tsunami. The program includes collaborations with filmmakers Toko Shiiki and Collin McRae as well as solo songs.
7 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

Essentials of Pranayama: Zen Buddhist Temple.

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The ancient hatha yogins viewed pranayama as the gateway to meditation and realization.
This four-week course will explore core hatha yoga concepts of the breath and subtle body on physical and energetic levels.
Led by David Black, an experienced teacher/practitioner each class will consist of exposition, demonstration, and practice of the actual techniques, including postures, kriyas, minor and major pranayamas, bandhas, mudras, and meditation. Materials will be provided for establishing a home practice.
The teacher and teachings have a direct link to the traditional theories and methods as set forth in the seminal text Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The course is open to students of all levels - beginners to advanced. You may pre-register at the Zen Buddhist Temple, 734.761.6520 or AnnArbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org
Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Street. $60. 734.761.6520. AnnArbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org www.ZenBuddhistTemple.org [map]
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 7:00pm  Free! 

Ex-Pastor Jerry DeWitt Speaks on Hope After Faith: Center for Inquiry-Michigan & SSA Univ. of Michigan.

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Jerry DeWitt was born into the church and a Pentecostal preacher for many years before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. Hope After Faith is an account of his journey and evolution toward a committed and considered atheism, driven by humanism, a profound moral dimension, and a happiness and self-confidence obtained through living free of fear.
When it became public knowledge that DeWitt was now an atheist, he was shunned by his highly religious community, losing nearly everything he'd known. DeWitt's struggle for identity and meaning mirrors the one currently facing millions agnostic and atheist people around the world.
Hear DeWitt share his story and how he embraces a life free of religion, finding not skepticism and cold doubt but rather profound meaning and hope.
Jerry DeWitt is an Author, Secular minister, V.P. of Dogma Debate LLC, and Board Member of The Clergy Project and Foundation Beyond Belief.
Rackham Auditorium, University of Michigan, 915 E Washington St. Free. Donation. 616-706-2029. michigan@centerforinquiry.net http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/event/w-lecture-101013/ [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Pete Earley: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County.

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This freelance journalist, author of the critically acclaimed Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, moderates a panel discussion with justice and mental health systems professionals exploring issues facing Washtenaw County. Earley also shows a brief video on conditions in the Miami-Dade County jail.
7-9 p.m., U-M Upjohn auditorium, 4250 Plymouth. Free. 994-6611. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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

"10th Annual Taste of Tantre Zingfeast": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Tantre Farm (Chelsea) owner Richard Andres and Zingerman's Deli chef Rodger Bowser host an all-you-can-eat family-style dinner featuring Tantre Farm organic produce.
7 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave.. $50 ($60 includes beer) in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3400. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Company": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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

"The U-M, the Peace Corps, and the Enduring Bonds of Students and Teachers": U-M Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

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U-M earth and environmental sciences professor Brian Arbic discusses his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and his surprise reunion with his prize pupil from Ghana.
7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. 764-1435. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"TransBeing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Gabrielle Pescador & Juan Javier Pescador's brand-new 30-minute documentary about the struggles of 3 transgender people for understanding and respect throughout the various phases of their transitioning process. Followed by discussion with the directors.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

AHA - Raspberry Pi Meetup!: All Hands Active.

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Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. allhandsactive@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Oct. 10 & 24. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. The Oct. 24 meeting is followed by a Halloween party & dance.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Chanticleer: University Musical Society.

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Hailed by The New Yorker as "the world's reigning male chorus," this Grammy Award-winning 12-member ensemble from San Francisco performs seamless a cappella renditions of everything from Renaissance madrigals and Chinese folk music to gospel, jazz, and contemporary music. Tonight's program, "She Said/He Said," explores the complex and clamorous dialogue between the sexes through love songs including bawdy Renaissance madrigals, the Cole Porter standard "So in Love," and Ravel's "Trois chansons," as well as music by original and subversive female voices and composers, such as Hildegard von Bingen's "Plainchant," Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," and a new commission by the contemporary composer Stacy Garrop.
7:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. Tickets $45-$55, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"A Little Night Music": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Oct. 10-13 & 17-20. U-M musical theater professor Mark Madama directs musical theater students in this sophisticated Tony Award-winning 1973 musical comedy, adapted from Ingmar Bergman's romantic film Smiles of a Summer Night, itself an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The story concerns 3 mismatched couples, each of whom finally ends up with the right partner as they all discover their true desires during a weekend together in the country. Stephen Sondheim's memorable and enchanting waltz-filled score includes "Send In the Clowns," "A Weekend in the Country," "Later," and other favorites.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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

"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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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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Elizabeth Lesesne Dixon: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This respected local pianist performs songs TBA. Proceeds support the Huron High School band's trip to France.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 general admission (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Mark Sweeney: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 10-12. This Chicago native is a very funny monologist known for his fresh, sharp observational humor about various aspects of contemporary life and culture. A frequent performer on cable TV, he has also made guest appearances in several series, including Third Rock from the Sun and Boston Public. 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 Miracle Worker": Concordia University.

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Oct. 10-13. Concordia students present William Gibson's compelling drama about the early life of writer Helen Keller and the teacher who helped her overcome the blindness and deafness that had trapped her in a world of isolation.
8 p.m. (Oct. 10-12) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 13), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Music of William Horne": U-M School of Music.

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U-M grad students and faculty perform Horne's works for voice, piano, cello, and flute. With an appearance by Horne.
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. 

"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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