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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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"Blue Caprice": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexandre Moors, 2013). Drama about an abandoned boy who's drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Joey Lauren Adams, Isaiah Washington.
Time TBA, 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). 668-TIME. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Open Play": Chelsea District Library.

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Supervised play for kids age 4 & under accompanied by a caregiver. Coffee for the adults.
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Stem Cells 101": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by U-M cell and developmental biology professor Sue O'Shea. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30. Reservations required by Oct. 11. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem on Campus and How U-M Commercializes Technologies: LA2M-Marketing Education.

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Ever wanted to know how the entrepreneurial ecosystem has changed on campus over the past several years? Or maybe you've wondered, how does U-M commercialize its research, starting companies like Accuri, Compendia, Arbor Networks, and Health Media? Join us October 9th when Wes Huffstutter will be at LA2M to discuss "The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem on Campus and How the University of Michigan Commercializes Technology.
Conor O'Neills, 318 South Main Street. Free. Donation. [map]
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 1 & 7 p.m. 

William Meader: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Oct. 16 & 17. A series of tlks by this This Oregon-based esoteric philosopher.

Oct. 16: "The Soul: Its Nature and Origin" (1 p.m.) and "The Awakening: The Soul of Humanity Emerges" (7 p.m.).

Oct. 17: "Shine Forth: The Soul's Magical Destiny" (2 p.m.) and "Introduction to the Seven Rays" (7 p.m.)

1-3:30 & 7-9 p.m. (Oct. 16) and 2-4:30 & 7-9 p.m. (Oct. 17), Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Donation. 665-2757. [map]
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 2 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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 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3:45 p.m. 

Lego Class - Bricks 4 Kidz and Clonlara School: Clonlara School.

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Clonlara School and Bricks 4 Kidz® is teaming up to offer a 6 week, after school class. We
both believe it's important to tap into a learner's potential by encouraging their curiosity and
creativity. Bricks 4 Kidz® will be bringing in fun-filled LEGO® model plans (different each
week) which are designed by engineers and architects. These theme based LEGO® project
kits will motivate learning by reinforcing S.T.E.M. based principles. And at the same time,
enhance self-esteem, improve fine-motor skills, teach lessons on organization and following
directions, and most of FUN!
Ages 5-15, all materials included
6 week session on Wednesday afternoons, 3:45-4:45 pm
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. $88. 7349264617. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafty Readers": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 2 & 3. Games, activities, and snacks. The September theme is "Write Your Own Story." On Oct. 16, kids are invited to discuss Jennifer Holm's Babymouse Monster Mash.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Inequality for All": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Oct. 4-17. (Jacob Kornbluth, 2013). Documentary, presented by economist (and Secretary of Labor under President Clinton) Robert Reich, about the widening income disparity in the U.S. The Oct. 16 screening at 7 p.m. is followed by a video Q&A with Reich.
Various times, 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)., 668-TIME. [map]
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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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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Chicken Confidential.

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As we head into the colder weather months, we're going to leave the grill behind and head to the stove. This class is ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE! We're going to focus our learning on the following:
-Breaking down a whole chicken
-Roast it (perfectly!)
-Saute it
-Poach it
-Stew it
-Braise it
-Carve it
That's right - we're going to do ALL of that! Join us, as we take an intensive look at the chicken and all of its possibilities for your daily cooking repertoire. Full participation. Oh yeah, and COME HUNGRY!!! Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Touch of Thai Massage": Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies.

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All invited to practice Thai massage techniques. Wear comfortable clothes. Props provided.
6-8 p.m., The Lotus Center, 2711 Carpenter. $20 in advance; $25 at the door., 223-4156. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Bingo: Saline American Legion.

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Prizes. Note: Nov. 6 is tentative.
6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan, Saline. $1 for hard cards (book of 10 games, $7). 429-7310. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gluten-Free Eating with Najette Jasey C.N.P.: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Learn why gluten is unhealthy and discover signs of possible gluten intolerance. Cooking and baking alternatives will also be shared and discussed.
Presented by Najette Jasey, Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Knife Skills with Wusthof *Giveaway*: Sur La Table.

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In this workshop class that covers all the knife basics we'll show you the ins and outs of what many consider to be every chef's most important tool. You'll master basic knife skills and the fundamental cuts for vegetables (mince, dice, brunoise, batonnet and julienne) as well as a few advanced techniques. And, just in time for the holidays, our expert chef instructor will demonstrate proper carving techniques. Finally we'll show you how to select the right knife for any job, and share tips for keeping all your knives sharp and well maintained at home.
Class Bonus: Included with the class price is a Wüsthof® Classic 6" PEtec Chef's Knife (a $165 value) that's razor sharp and ready for work. Wüsthof Classic knives are precision-forged from a single piece of steel and feature traditional triple-riveted handles.
to register visit
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $100 per person. 734-531-0304. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Basics and Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze 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 single class
Six student limit
Drop 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Zell Fellows Reading: Literati Bookstore.

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Poetry and fiction readings by U-M Zell fellows.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Movie Business: How Does It Work": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by recent U-M Screen Arts & Cultures grad Eddie Rubin, the executive producer of the locally filmed Love and Honor, which premiered at the Michigan Theater last March.
7 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $8. 998-9351. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Brian William Cowan's The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Wild Swan Theater Benefit: The Ark.

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A benefit for this superb local children's theater features performances by a variety of prominent local musicians who have all composed and/or performed music for Wild Swan shows: string virtuoso David Mosher, inventively offbeat avant-folk composer-musician Frank Pahl, blues and folk harmonica wiz Peter Madcat Ruth, All-Ireland champion uilleann piper (and My Dear Disco founder) Tyler Duncan, and the acoustic folk duo Gemini.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 ($100 includes a wine-and-appetizer preconcert reception) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Some of My Favorite Birds": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by nature photographer and birder Doug Leffler.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 994-3659. [map]
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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Intro to Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class will be an introduction to basic assents, poses, and other foundational skills needed for this very athletic art form. Each class will build skills to culminate in a routine.
Beginner students will work to develop skills, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography and refinement over the basics. While it is recommended that students be comfortable with getting on and off the trapeze unassisted, this course is suitable for both beginners and established aerialists.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Circle Mirror Transformation": Redbud Productions.

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Oct. 16-18. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in Annie Baker's Obie-winning comedy, set in a community center drama class under the misguided tutelage of a ditzy instructor, about 4 New Englanders who experiment with theater games, out of which secrets are revealed, tiny wars of epic proportions are waged, and romance blossoms. The New York Times calls the play "absorbing, unblinking, and sharply funny." Cast: Liz Greaves-Hoxsie, Jim Sullivan, Jenna Naert, Maddie Maxey, and Tim Grimes.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 (students, $15; front-row café table seating, $25; group rates available). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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