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Saturday, October 19, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Oct. 19 & 20. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from Americana to Art Deco. Deliveries available. Concessions. No pets.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). (937) 875-0808 (before the show), 429-3145 (day of show). [map]
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 8 a.m.-noon  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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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 604-0696 (Apr. 5 & 12 rides), 996-9461 (Apr. 19), 663-5060 (Apr. 26), 546-1047 (May 3), 996-4985 (May 10), 274-6350 (May 17), 604-0696 (May 24), 994-6340 (May 31). [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Streudel Workshop.

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Come spend a morning with us for a Streudel primer - learning from a most entertaining and accomplished Pastry Chef! The only way to really learn this one is to roll up your sleeves, tie on an apron, and get into the nitty gritty with us! You will prepare the paper-thin pastry dough, stretch it to its limits, and then fill it with both sweet and savory fillings. And, of course, there will be plenty to eat and plenty to take home. And oh yeah, the coffee will be on and waiting for you, too! Full participation. Menu: Mushroom Streudel, Beef & Tomato Streudel, Apple Streudel. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"A New Perspective: Seeing Through God's Lens": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Screening of a DVD from the Aglow International Global Conference. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush. Tea & Cake served.
10 a.m.-noon, Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. deathcafe.com, afterdeathhomecare.com. 395-9660. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Display & Sale: Michigan State African Violet Society.

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Show and sale of a wide variety of these popular velvety house plants. Also, experts are on hand to answer questions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free admission. LynnAllen0413@comcast.net, 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Fall Macarons: Sur La Table.

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The most tempting of fall flavors take center stage in our fall macaron workshop: Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Maple, Apple and Chocolate infuse every delicate bite of these delicious French confections. Join us to learn professional tips and tricks for creating your own bakery-quality macarons at home. We'll explore essential techniques for creating the delicious fillings and ethereal meringue cookies that join to become sweet treats with a global following. MENU: Pumpkin Spice Macaron with Maple Buttercream - Cinnamon Macaron with Spiced Apple Filling - Chocolate Macaron with Caramel Cream Filling, to register visit www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today's project TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
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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.-3 p.m. 

"8th Annual Fall Fest": St. Mary Catholic Church.

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Display and sale of work by 51 area artists & craftspeople. Also, Haslett (MI) mystery writer Richard Baldwin is on hand to sign copies of Death in the Choir Loft, his new book introducing Belle Franklin, an amateur detective who is a church organist and choir director in Chelsea. Bake sale, raffle. Lunch available.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Mary, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $2 admission. 475-7561. [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Tales": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).

Feb. 15: Owl Tales.

Mar. 15: Rabbit Tales.

Apr. 5: Butterfly Tales.

May 10: Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

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10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: National Chemistry Week": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 19 & 20. Hands-on chemistry activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Oct. 19) & noon-4 p.m. (Oct. 20), AAHOM Concourse and Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Oct. 12, 19, & 26. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Oct. 12: Physics professor Mark Newman on "Epidemics, Kevin Bacon, and the Internet: the Physics of Networks." Oct. 19: Engineering professor Brian Ellis on "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters on the Fracking Debate." Oct. 26: Physics professor emeritus J. Wehrley Chapman on "What It Takes to find the Elusive Sub-Nuclear Giant!"
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Story Time & Craft": Dexter District Library.

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For kids age 6 & under. Costumes encouraged.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m. (tentative)  Free! 

Ann Arbor Women's Rugby.

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Opponent TBA.

Sept. 21: vs. Fox Valley.

Oct. 19: vs. Chicago

Oct. 26: vs. Indy

Nov. 2: vs. Will County


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11 a.m. (tentative), Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett (off N. Ann Arbor St.), Saline. Free. annarborwomensrugby.com.
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

The Garden Mill Autumn Harvest Series.

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Talks and demonstrations by various speakers.

Oct. 5: "Apple Tasting." An Alber Apple Orchard representative offers samples of several varieties of Michigan apples, along with recipes for various yummy apple treats.

Oct. 12: "Spring Bulbs." Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield discusses how and when to plant bulbs for spring gardens and forcing bulbs for winter blooms.

Oct. 19: "Recipes from the Fall Garden." Former Garden Mill owner Trinh Pifer presents recipes for using squashes, kale, cauliflower, Swiss chard and other fall crops.

Oct, 26: "Overwinter Your Garden." Jennifer Fairfield offers tips for preparing your garden for winter, including cutting back perennials, mulching, which plants need protection from the elements, and more.

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11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [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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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 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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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Family Crafts: Ophir Crafts.

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Family Crafts
Ophir Crafts features Family Crafts (clay miniatures, card-making and spinning demonstrations) each Saturday from 11:30-12:15 and 12:30-1:15 at our store, Westgate Shopping Center 2507 Jackson Ave.
October classes are free, minimal cost for materials.
Register at www.ophircrafts.com, or by emailing ophircrafts@gmail.com
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

Fantastical Fairy Tales: Little Workshop.

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How did fairy tales come to be? Beanstalks reaching up to the skies, pumpkins turning into coaches? Who dreamed them up? You might! Learn the basics of writing stories as a group and individually, and then create your own fairy tale book with decorative papers and embellishments!

Ages: 6-9

$25 per child, includes materials
Little Workshop, 215 1/2 S. Main (above Footprints/Falling Water). $25. 734-369-2068. contact@golittleworkshop.com www.golittleworkshop.com [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Hand Balance (Hand & Headstands): A2 Aviary.

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This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Family Crafts: Ophir Crafts.

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Family Crafts
Ophir Crafts features Family Crafts (clay miniatures, card-making and spinning demonstrations) each Saturday from 11:30-12:15 and 12:30-1:15 at our store, Westgate Shopping Center 2507 Jackson Ave.
October classes are free, minimal cost for materials.
Register at www.ophircrafts.com, or by emailing ophircrafts@gmail.com
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Anti-Bullying Workshop: Quest Martial Arts.

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As school starts again for the fall, there are many students, parents, and teachers dealing with more bullying issues. At school, home, or at work, bullying can be a serious issue and we're determined to help our local community deal with this issue.
Quest Martial Arts, 2111 Packard Rd. Free. 734-332-1800. questcenter@sbcglobal.net www.Quest-MartialArts.com [map]
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 1-10 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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 1-2 p.m. 

Flexibility (Intro to Contortion): A2 Aviary.

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This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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Sept. 14, 21, & 28. The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays Midwest Rugby Union rivals Toledo Celtics (Sept. 14), Grand Rapids Gazelles (Sept. 28), Kalamazoo Dogs (Oct. 5), and Tri-City Barbarians (Oct. 19), and a team of U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match (Sept. 21).
1 p.m., Riverside Park, 1009 Canal St. (off Wall St.). Free. michiganrugby.org. 417-4534. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 5, 6, 19, & 20. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Oct. 5 & 6: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Oct. 19 & 20: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-6 p.m. 

Watershed Photo Workshop: Huron River Camera, Huron River Watershed Council.

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Turn your artistic vision of the Huron River into reality
HRWC is hosting two Photography Workshops in 2013, May 11-12 & October 19-20. Local professional photographers Michael Seabrook and Marc Akemann will lead the classes. Each workshop, in May & October, will consist of 2 half-day classes. We encourage you to register for both workshops to get the full benefit of what Marc and Mike will be teaching. Come prepared to get hands-on experience in the field, and learn basic techniques for taking great nature photos-obtaining correct exposures, controlling the depth-of-field, making sharper photos, customizing your camera to do what you want it to, and more. All skill levels are welcome.
Special guest speaker: world-renowned photographer and local Ann Arbor resident, Howard Bond will be speaking at the Sunday workshops.
New Center, 1100 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Cost: $100 each workshop for HRWC members and $120 for non-members. recreation@hrwc.org http://www.hrwc.org/events/photo-workshop/ [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Clip Earrings": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for adults & teens in grades 6 & up. Supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tracks, Scats, and Other Animal Signs": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike for adults and kids age 8 & over.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, meet in the Beach Center parking lot in the section farthest from the lake, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free; $5 park entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tracks, Scats, and Other Animal Signs": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike for adults and kids age 8 & over.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, meet in the Beach Center parking lot in the section farthest from the lake, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free; $5 park entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.

Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 3 & 8 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 & 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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 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Football vs. Indiana.

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3:30 p.m., Michigan Stadium. Ticket price TBA at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/michigan-football-tickets. 764-0247.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Literati Bookstore.

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This Newbery Award-winning children's writer reads from Now I'll Tell You Everything, the final book in her beloved Alice series about a girl growing up in an all-male household after her mother dies of leukemia. Signing.
4 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Oct. 5 & 19. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. Note: The Oct. 19 session is a practice for the 3rd Saturday Contra Dance that evening.
3-6 p.m. (Oct. 5) & 4-6 p.m. (Oct. 19), Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to enjoy this monthly family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments, blankets, and chairs; firewood appreciated. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Various evening times, LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. ( 1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction, Saturday, October 19th, 2013: Huron High School Band France Trip Fundraiser.

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In April of 2014, over 100 members of the Ann Arbor, Huron High School bands will travel to Normandy and Paris, France. The main focus of this trip will be to honor the veterans who served our country during World War II. 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and we will honor these veterans, both fallen and survivor, by performing a patriotic concert at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The Huron Band will also give two performances in Paris, France. The first of these performances will be at the Madeleine Church, as part of an auditioned concert series open to the public. The second will be at La Trinité Church with a concert also open to the public.
To help make the trip possible the Huron High School Bands will host a Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction fundraising event on Oct 19, 2013. All proceeds will benefit the Band's trip to Normandy, France in April of 2014. Our gratitude goes out to the Olive Garden who will be donating pasta for the dinner, a
Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road. Donation. $10/Adult, $5/Child (under 12). (734) 997-1900, ext. 37534. schlossvines@yahoo.com http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-17/index.html [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! 

Canceled: "Flower Songs from Northwest China": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Canceled. Two award-winning singers from Xi'ning, Qinghai, China, Tong Shourong and Wu Benru, perform several of these Chinese folk songs which treat a diverse range of topics from intimate thoughts about ordinary people's romantic and daily lives to jokes and satires on current social-political topics. The program is introduced by Chinese composer and music official and Dartmouth College Chinese language and literature professor Levi Gibbs. Also, on Oct. 18 Gibbs gives a talk on "Singing Flower Songs in Contemporary China" (4 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Room).
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"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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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [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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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Martha vander Kolk and Robin Warner call contras to live music by the Pittsfield Open Band. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10. 426-0241. [map]
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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. 

Paula Cole: The Ark.

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Alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter from Rockport (MA) who was one of the stars of the early Lilith Fair tours. Her songs are known for their ethereal, dream-like melodies and emotionally intense, broodingly introspective 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. 

"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. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Dreamland Theater.

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Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [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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 8 p.m. 

"Autumn Cellobration": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in a program highlighted by Prokofiev's challenging Sinfonia Concertante, with award-winning NYC cellist Julie Albers. The program also includes Dvorak's magnificent Symphony no. 7 in D minor and Bartok's Two Portraits, a work that reflects Debussy's influence as well as the composer's love of his native folk music. Soloist is Aaron Berofsky. On Oct. 18, Albers gives a lecture on the program at the Ann Arbor District Library (see listing).
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors; 1st-time season subscribers, buy 1 get 1 free) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"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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