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Thursday, October 17, 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Sugar Maple Rides": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Oct. 8 & 10, 22, & 24. A series of leisurely weekday rides, 10-15 miles, around local neighborhoods to check out the progress of our city's glorious fall colors.
10 a.m., meet at Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 971-5763, 663-5060. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

"The Ugly Duckling": Wild Swan Theater.

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Oct. 17-19. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a homely bird who's looked down on by everyone until he matures into a beautiful swan. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K-2. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Oct. 17 & 18), 1 p.m. (Oct. 18), & 11 a.m. (Oct. 19), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Oct. 16, 23, & 30 and Nov, 27), Sept. 4-Dec. 11. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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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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 Noon  Free! 

17th Annual Edgefest Parade (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Includes Edgefest artists. All invited to bring any sort of instrument and tag along.
Noon, KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-2999. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Choosing: a Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days": Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Oct. 15 & 17 (choose one). All invited to discuss Andrea Myers' memoir about leaving behind her Lutheran upbringing, coming out as a lesbian, and eventually becoming a rabbi.
7-8 p.m. (Oct. 15) & noon-1 p.m. (Oct. 17), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [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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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Health Fair: JCC of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Join us for our first ever health fair!
We will have FREE blood pressure screenings (provided by CARE Response). We will also have flu shots from Rite Aid which are free with most insurances ($23 per shot without insurance). At 1:00 we will have a presentation on fall and injury prevention by Joyce Kessler of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Please RSVP to this event so we can ensure we have enough flu shots.
You can RSVP by calling the front desk at 734-971-0990. Questions about the event? Contact Rachael at rachaelhoffenblum@jccfed.org or 734-971-0990.
JCC of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Free. 734-971-0990. rachaelhoffenblum@jccfed.org [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Directional Sense for the Directionally Challenged--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Thursdays, October 17 - October 31.
Are you one of those people who shudders when you have to find your way in an unfamiliar place? Do you turn right when you really should turn left? Learn tips for using signs, maps, landmarks, and other helpful tools. There will be some discussion of the book, "Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around" by Jan Carpman, who will facilitate the class.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area women invited for an entertaining introduction to footwear from around the world. All encouraged to wear their most interesting and extravagant pair of shoes to enter in a "Best Pair" contest. Nursery care provided for preschoolers. Refreshments.
1-3 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 995-1645. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Great-Great Grandmother of DAR Patriots": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Michigan DAR officer Grace Smith discusses Elizabeth Grinstead, a 17th-century slave who sued for her freedom and won because her father was an Englishman.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975-1976. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"The Pageant Show": Ms. Senior Michigan/Saline Area Senior Center.

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Mock pageant teaser to introduce the Ms. Senior Michigan Pageant that happens each July. Contestants from previous pageants compete in 4 categories: interview, talent, philosophy of life, and poise. Also, entertainment by local seniors. Refreshments.
1 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $3 in advance by Oct. 10. 429-9274. [map]
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 2 & 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.)

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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.  Free! 

"A Walk in the Woods": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss historian Bill Bryson's hilarious book-part memoir, part essay-about the Appalachian Trail and his experiences as a gung-ho first-time backpacker. The Oct. 12 discussion is preceded at 9 a.m. by a wellness walk.
10 a.m. (Oct. 12), 7 p.m. (Oct. 14), & 2 p.m. (Oct. 17), DDL lower level meeting room, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 3 & 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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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The End of Country": WCC.

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WCC English professor Maryam Barrie leads a discussion of The End of Country, Seamus McGraw's book about fracking.
3:30-5 p.m., WCC Crane Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg. Writing Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 922-5568. [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The End of Country": WCC.

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WCC English professor Maryam Barrie leads a discussion of The End of Country, Seamus McGraw's book about fracking.
3:30-5 p.m., WCC Crane Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg. Writing Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 922-5568. [map]
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 4, 7:30, & 9 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 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. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [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. 

Cooking with Ancient Grains: Sur La Table.

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Flavor, texture and rustic elegance for food lovers and health-conscious, Old World staples quinoa, bulgur wheat, farro and millet move to the forefront of everyday cooking in this class. Because of their sheer variety, health value and versatility, these whole grains deserve to take their place as part of rounded and exciting meals. Join us as we create an entire menu and discover how satisfying, flavorful, and sophisticated whole grains can be. MENU: Quinoa Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Lime Mayonnaise - Roasted Tomato and Green Bean Bulgur Salad with Toasted Almonds - Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash with Kale Chips - Orange-Ricotta Millet Pudding with Fall Fruit Compote register at 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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 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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 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. 

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.  Free! 

"Mother Daughter Me": Nicola's Books.

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Newsweek contributing editor Katie Hafner discusses her engaging new memoir about the myriad unexpected difficulties that arose when she invited her alcoholic mother to live with her and her teenage daughter. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

"The Contemporary Women Artists of Curacao": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Susan Wilczak, who also announces the winners of the 2013 Ann Arbor Area Women Artists Exhibition, the current AADL exhibit for which she was the juror.
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! 

Canceled--"Gerald Ford: An Honorable Life": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Note: This event has been canceled, due to the government shutdown.
7:30 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

European Upper Paleolithic Artifacts: Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Grand Rapids psychiatrist Greeley Miklashek shows and discusses his collection, which includes Gravettian Venus figures and Neanderthal hand-axes and spear points.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. (248) 437-4183. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Choir Concert: Pioneer High School.

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Pioneer's 4 curricular choirs and 7 extracurricular choirs perform works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Palestrina as well as folksongs and jazz.
7:30 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2189. [map]
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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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 7:45- 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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 8 p.m. 

Caravan of Thieves: The Ark.

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Gypsy-flavored acoustic swing by this quartet led by the Bridgeport (CT) husband-and-wife duo of Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni. The band is know for its theatrical, fun-filled live shows in which the audience is invited to clap, stomp, and sing along. Opening act is Dustbowl Revival, a Venice (CA) Americana roots music collective whose music blends bluegrass, jug band music, and western swing. It has a brand-new CD, The Funhouse.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jen Kober: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 17-19. Popular Louisiana-bred comic actress known for her sassy demeanor and shaggy-dog stories about love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at Waffle House, midnight mishaps at Walmart, and other misadventures. 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 BoDeans: The Ark.

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Straight-ahead guitar-based rock 'n' roll with a country twang by this quartet from Waukesha (WI) led by the distinctively soulful vocals of Kurt Neumann. They're most widely known for "Closer to Free," the theme song of the 1990s Fox drama Party of Five, but for almost 3 decades now they have been producing a gritty, ebullient brand of heartland pop rooted in that sound of lonesome yearning and bafflement pioneered by Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Del Shannon. The band's latest CD is American Made.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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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"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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"Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)": Emergent Arts.

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Oct. 17-19. Ron Miller directs Peter Knox in Will Eno's darkly comical one-man show about a guy who suffers from a mundane life. The New York Times calls Eno "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation."
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets TBA at emergentarts.com. 985-0875. [map]
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