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Friday, October 18, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Sumptuous Table: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.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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 11 a.m. 

How to Cook Everything: The Basics Series *Giveaway*: Sur La Table.

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Join us as we take Bittman's approach directly to the kitchen. Learn by example and hands-on as we explore basic techniques in three sessions, covering grains, meat and seafood. We'll go over useful information like general techniques, how to choose cuts of meat and seafood, and various practical tips for recognizing doneness, adjusting seasoning and ultimately trusting your instincts. As a special bonus, you'll go home with a copy of Bittman's How to Cook Everything: The Basics
*This is part of a three class series dates are 10/11, 10/18 & 10/25*
Register online at www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $169.96 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Halloween Science Fun Day": Salem Area Historical Society/Anchors Unlimited Science Fun, Inc.

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Oct. 18 & 19 (choose one). Hands-on Halloween-related science activities in the historical one-room Jarvis Stone School. Prizes & refreshments. Door prize for science- or math-themed costumes. For kids ages 2-7 (Oct. 18) and 7-12 (Oct. 19).
11 a.m.-noon, Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial at Curtis, Salem Twp. Free, but preregistration required by Oct. 11. captain@anchorsciencefun.com, 904-7611. [map]
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 Noon  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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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunchtime Tour": UMMA.

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UMMA staff and student docents give a 30-minute tour based on a theme in the museum's collection.
12:15-12:45 p.m., meet at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

San & Emily Slomovits: Jewish Community.

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This local father-and-daughter acoustic duo recently released its debut CD, Innocent When You Dream, a varied collection of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and classical music.
1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5. 971-0990. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Mah-Jongg--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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Class meets Fridays, October 18 - November 22.
This is a modified and simplified version of the increasingly popular Chinese game. It bears some resemblance to gin rummy in the collection of sets and runs, but uses colorful tiles instead of playing cards. It should be noted that the game is based on the original Chinese version, which differs from American Mah-Jongg. Taught by Stuart Baggaley.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 4-6:30 p.m. 

ACT Prep - Small Group Class: Raszer Sharp Tutoring.

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Back by popular demand! RST Learning Studio will be holding another ACT Prep Small Group Class from October 18-December 8, in order to help high school juniors and seniors succeed on the December 14 official test.
- What makes our class different?
Because we max out at 10 students, we can determine the needs of our group and modify homework and individual assignments accordingly. While we have set curriculum, we keep in close contact with our students to tailor our instruction to meet their goals.
- What does the class cover?
Our students spend 7 weeks learning content and strategy. Besides helping students understand test questions, budget their time, and prioritize, we also teach and review math, science, English and reading concepts. We explain what the test covers and how to tackle it, and provide multiple practice tests.
- For more information about the class, including registration, please visit: http://bit.ly/1aRg2Et
- Register before October 1 to receive $50 off!
RST Learning Studio, 412 Longshore Drive. $750. 734-786-2666. admin@rststudio.org raszersharp.org [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members will be on hand to help fix things. Refreshments.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"On View: Art & Exhibits at the Library": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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A chance to view the many exhibits at the library, which range from Afrokilts-an exhibit of textiles that document the connections between Africa and Scotland-to Soundscapes of Childhood, an audio-visual exploration of the Arb and what it means to grow up surrounded by the Great Lakes. Refreshments.
4-6 p.m., Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing Flower Songs in Contemporary China": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Talk by Dartmouth College Chinese language and literature professor Levi Gibbs.
4 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 4:15 p.m. 

Little Kids Yoga: Samsara Wellness Center.

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After school Yoga for kids ages 4-7
45 minutes of age appropriate stretching
packages available 4 visits $32
Samsara Wellness Center, 1945 Pauline Suite D. $11 drop in. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn Cellobration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Award-winning NYC cellist Julie Albers discusses her upcoming performance of one of the most challenging showpieces in the cello repertoire, Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 19 (see listing).
4:30-6 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
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 6-8 P.M.  Free! 

Grand Opening Party: Gyrotonic Tree Town & Pilates Loft Studio.

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Two Pilates studios, Pilates Loft & Willow Wellness Studio, have merged and moved to an inspiring loft space in downtown Ann Arbor. The new studio, called Gyrotonic Tree Town & Pilates Loft Studio, offers Ann Arbor's premiere Pilates and Gyrotonic training experience.
Join us for wine, hors d'oevres, and good company to celebrate the joining of our studios! Enter our drawing for free lessons.
Directions: Go to the Blue Tractor restaurant at 205 E. Washington and take the elevator in the lobby to the third floor.
Open to the public -- bring a friend!
Join us for wine, hors d'oevres, and good company to celebrate the joining of two studios and our move to a beautiful new space! October 18, 6-8:00pm Come and enter our drawing for a free lesson and other giveaways. Open to the public -- bring a friend!, 205 E. Washington, Suite C. Free. 734-274-9482. TreeLoftStudio@WillowWellnessStudio.com http://gyrotonictreetown.com/ [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Lady and the Tramp.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun 'Lady and the Tramp' menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs, of course! Al Dente Spaghetti with Rich Homemade Tomato Sauce and Hand-Rolled, Tender, Herbed Meatballs; Baby Arugula Salad with Provolone, Pepperoncini, Olives, and Tomato with an Oregano Vinaigrette; Garlic and Olive Oil Focaccia, and Individual Tiramisu Trifles. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Date Night: Romantic French Dinner: Sur La Table.

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Immerse yourselves in a dazzling night of amour and elegant cuisine of France. Cook alongside your companion to create a lavish menu of delicious French dishes. Together you'll learn about classic French ingredients and authentic cooking fundamentals and techniques. By the class's end you'll have created dishes to inspire perfectly the romance of Paris right at home.
MENU: Mixed Green Salad with Goat Cheese and Olive Vinaigrette - Peppercorn Steak with Cognac Sauce - Potato-Leek Gratin - Fallen Toasted Almond Soufflés with Cocoa-Nib Cream
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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mr. B: Silver Maples of Chelsea Kaleidoscope Concert Series.

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Ann Arbor's Mark "Mr. B" Braun has established an international reputation as one of the most exciting interpreters of traditional boogie-woogie and blues piano. He has mastered the classics from Meade Lux Lewis and Jimmy Yancey to Brother Montgomery and Professor Longhair, and he has added several dynamic originals to the long tradition he works in. Cadence reviewer Jerome Wilson praised his 1991 CD My Sunday Best for its "stunning versatility" and concluded that "the recent deaths of Champion Jack Dupree and Sunnyland Slim are reminders that blues piano seems a dying form, but Mark Braun is a good argument that it will live on."
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. Some tickets may be available at the door. 475-4111. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Lincoln: USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

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The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Film Series.

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Every Fri. Retrospective of documentaries by the radical political filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa. Japanese, subtitles.

Oct. 4: Devotion (Barbara Hammer, 2000). Documentary about the 1960s Japanese radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro. Also, a talk by U-M film professor Markus Nornes.

Oct. 11: Forest of Oppression (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1967). Documnetary about student protests at Takasaki City University.

Oct. 18: The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1968). Documentary about student resistance to the construction of an airport at Narita in the farmers' fields east of Tokyo.

Oct. 25: Sanrizuka: Peasants of the Second Fortress (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1971). Film director Toshio Iizuka introduces this documentary about the consolidation and decline of a student movement to protest the Narita airport, featured in The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan (see above). Followed by Q&A.

Nov. 1: "Sanrizuka: Heta Village" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1973). Quiet documentary of 11 scenes, mostly rendered in single takes, that create a portrait of the farmers in a small village who are resisting resettlement due to the construction of an airport.

Nov. 8: "Dokkoi! Songs from the Bottom" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1975). Touching documentary about a community of day laborers living in rundown flophouses in Yokohama.

Nov. 15: "Nippon: Furuyashiki Village" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1982). Documentary about the history of the mountain village Furuyashiki and the difficulties faced by the villagers after an unusual cold front causes serious crop damage.

Nov. 22: "The Magino Village Story: Sundial Carved with a Thousand Years of Notches" (Shinsuke Ogaway, 1986). Meditation on history and the way it is never quite "past" in village Japan.

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7 p.m., U-M Natural Science Auditorium (use the entrance nearest the Diag), 830 North University. Free. 936-7621. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. Indiana.

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7 p.m., U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Read & Feed Teen Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades 6-12 invited to discuss books, eat pizza, and play trivia. Prizes. Sept. 20: Peter and the Starcatchers is Dave Barry's novel that tells Peter Pan's backstory. Oct. 18: Ender's Game is Orson Scott Card's futuristic novel about a world government that trains young military geniuses to battle against aliens.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Split Estate": WCC Year of Energy.

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Screening of Debra Anderson's 2009 documentary about the negative consequences of fracking. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. petty@wccnet.edu. [map]
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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, live music by Aguankó, the local Afro-Cuban jazz band led by Conga and bongo player Alberto Nacif. Light refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7:15-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 28-Oct. 26, every Sun. in Oct., and Oct. 24, 30, & 31. Six different scary attractions--including a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 30 & 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $18 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $17) for access to one area; $36 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $40) for all areas. 390-9208. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chamber Choir: EMU Music Department.

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Trey Jacobs directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0280.
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Globalized Soul": Center of Light.

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Filmed in Australia, India, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, Turkey and the US, "Globalized Soul" explores the oneness at the center of the colorful diversity of the world's religions. The cornerstone of the film is its coverage of one of the largest interfaith gatherings in history: "The Parliament of the World's Religions" held in Melbourne, Australia in December, 2009.
Onscreen commentators include The Dalai Lama, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Roshi Joan Halifax, Rev. James Trapp, Sister Joan Chittister, humanitarian Asha Mehta, and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, co-founder of The Jerusalem Peacemakers. Music is provided by Enya, Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar and Harold Moses.
In the midst of increasing alarm over the plagues of fear, violence, hatred, oppression, and potential environmental catastrophe, what is it that remains true and eternal in human nature, and resides in all peoples, cultures and religious paths?
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Waltz, cha cha, rumba, swing, tango, and other ballroom dancing to recorded music. Bring food or drinks to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a waltz lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson; those with October birthdays, free). 644-1485. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Chris Thile: University Musical Society.

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See review. This young mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist began performing with Nickel Creek at age 8 and released his debut solo album at 12. A founding member of the progressive folk quintet Punch Brothers, Thile is known for his inventive takes on bluegrass classics and genre-trancendent originals encompassing bluegrass, rock, jazz, and classical music. He also collaborated with the classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Edgar Meyer on the Grammy-winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Tonight's solo program features the meticulous execution of Bach sonatas and partitas on mandolin. "He's proven that he's up to the task of rendering this incredibly complex music as well as showing-especially in the faster sections-that the distance between baroque and bluegrass is shorter than we may have previously thought," writes a Paste magazine reviewer.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$46, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

GFest: U-M GMen.

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Annual variety show with performances by this all-male student a cappella ensemble and other U-M groups TBA.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $10. gmen@umich.edu, thegmen.org.
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 8 & 10:30 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 Verve Pipe: The Ark.

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This veteran dance-rock band led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark. Its richly textured songs are known for their inventive arrangements, layered vocals, and searching lyrics.
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. 

Tret Fure: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A virtuoso pop-rock guitarist and songwriter who got her start with the Spencer Davis Group in the early 70s, Fure has been a major figure in the women's music genre since the early 80s who's most widely known from her years as a member of a duo with Cris Williamson. She has a new CD, A Piece of the Sky.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra and University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler and Christopher James Lees conduct these music student ensembles in the Michigan premiere of U-M alum David T. Little's darkly contemplative work, haunted topography. The program also includes Bizet's dramatic Carmen Suite, Haydn's Italianate Brukenthal Symphony, and Witold Lutoslawski's brilliant 20th-century showpiece, Concerto for Orchestra. With an appearance by Little. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 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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 8 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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

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Oct. 18-20. Kat Walsh directs local actors in Shakespeare's harrowing yet sublime story of an aging king who decides to divide his kingdom among his 3 daughters. Cast: Steven Davenport, Aubrey Donnell, Richard Graham, Jenna Hinton, James Ingagiola, Joseph McDonald, Jeff Miller, Kaela Parnicky, Laura Tanner, Tom Underwood, David Widmayer.
8 p.m. (Oct. 18 & 19) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 20), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. $12 in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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"The Forgotten Link: Classical Romantics": Kreisler Trio (Academy of Early Music).

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This trio, recently founded at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, performs on period instruments. Program: Mozart's Violin Sonata in C major, Beethoven's Cello Sonata in C major, and piano trios by Hummel and Beethoven. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture about the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $25 (members & seniors, $22; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org & Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838.
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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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"Fiddler on the Roof": EMU Theatre Department.

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Oct. 18-20 & 24-27. EMU drama professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU drama students in Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming 1964 musical, based on Sholem Aleichem's Yiddish stories about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. When a poor but pious dairyman searches for husbands for his daughters, they reject his traditions.
9 p.m. (Oct. 18), 7 p.m. (Oct. 19 & 24-26), 1 p.m. (Oct. 20), & 2 p.m. (Oct. 27), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7)) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.
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"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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