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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 21, 2013

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"Cutie and the Boxer": Michigan Theater.

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(Zachary Heinzerling, 2013). Documentary about the chaotic 40-year marriage of well-known Japanese painter Ushio Shinohara-who punches his canvasses with paint-dipped boxing gloves--and his unwilling assistant.
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]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 7 & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 7: University of Chicago political science professor Lisa Wedeen on "Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria." Oct. 21: University of Illinois-Chicago sociology professor Andy Clarno on "The Constitution of State/Space and the Limits of 'Autonomy' in South Africa and Palestine/Israel."
Noon-2 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 647-4143. [map]

 2-3 p.m. 

Fall Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 9 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Time for a Critter Quest!" Smithsonian channel wildlife host Peter Schriemer shows off some live creatures, shows clips from his Critter Quest TV series, and offers tips for exploring the natural world, finding wildlife, and recognizing signs of autumn's arrival.

Sept. 16 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Crepuscular Critters and Their Friends." Naturalist Paul McCormack brings in a variety of live animals to discuss the behaviors and adaptations of crepuscular, nocturnal and diurnal creatures.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 7 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis and Jason Eyster show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 21 (2-3 p.m.): "Creepy Creatures." Wildlife Safari (Canton) staff display ad discuss some of its scariest critters.

Oct. 28 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 7.

Nov. 11 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Michigan." Creature Conservancy veterinarian Steve Marsh displays and discusses a red fox, a coyote, a skunk, and other Michigan mammals.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 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.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Community Film Screening and Dialogue: THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS: National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

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Join the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and the National Center for Institutional Diversity in celebration of Latin@ Heritage Month at the University of Michigan, for an evening dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of campus diversity issues, and the challenges Latin@ students face across the United States.
An opening reception beginning at 5:00pm will feature short films from the PBS series Independent Lens' American Graduate: ¡Vamos a Lograrlo! initiative, as well as the "Yo Soy" exhibition, a collection of Latin@ stories from across the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus gathered as part of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)'s Latin@ Heritage Month Celebration.
At 6:00pm in the Mendelssohn Theatre we will premiere a portion of THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS, an eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latin@ students from across the USA, prior to its national broadcast on PBS. Panel discussion to follow.
Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League, 911 N. University Avenue. Free. 734-615-8882. [map]

 5 & 7 p.m. 

Tribeca Film Festival: Quality 16.

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Screening of highlights of the 2013 version of this prestigious NYC film festival.

Oct. 7: Supporting Characters (Daniel Schechter, 2012). Comedy about 2 New York film editors who balance their personal relationships while reworking a movie in crisis. Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe.

Oct. 14: The English Teacher (Craig Zisk, 2013). Comic drama about an English teacher whose life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York. Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano.

Oct. 21: What Richard Did (Lenny Ambrahamson, 2012). Quietly devastating drama about the golden boy of a privileged set of Dublin teens who does something that destroys his own bright future and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy.

Oct. 28: A Single Shot (David M. Rosenthal, 2013). Atmospheric thriller about a cat and mouse between a hunter and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy.

Nov. 4: Let the Fire Burn (Jason Osder, 2013). Documentary about the the 1985 tragedy that unfolded when Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE and did not fight the resulting fire for more than an hour.

5 & 7 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $10 (kids ages 3-11, $6.75; seniors age 62 & older, $7) for the 7 p.m. show, $6.75 for the 5 p.m. show. 623-7469. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Basics: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.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.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

3rd Annual Allies for Disability Awareness Art Show: Alles for Disability Awareness.

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The 3rd Annual Allies for Disability Awareness Art Show is to take place again this year from October 21st until November 1st. It was originally created by Adena Rottenstein in 2011 and is entirely organized by students. It is held specifically to create a space for artists with disabilities and their allies and friends, providing a rare opportunity for artists to showcase their work.
The exhibit displays many different art forms, from live performances and digital media to paintings and photographs. Similarly, the artists themselves hail from all different backgrounds and experience levels, building a diverse sense of community.
There will be an opening reception held for all interested parties on October 21st from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Food will be provided, and the reception represents a chance to meet the artists, ask questions about their work, and discuss together.
University of Michigan's North Quad Space 2435, 105 S. State Street. Free. [map]

 6:30-7:30 & 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Intro To Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class will be an introduction to using the skills learned in Aerial Silks: Basics, along with more advanced poses, to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air at a time, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. All students will have the option to perform at our monthly showcase event, LIFT OFF. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wine Tasting: The Pacific Northwest.

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Compared to their older sister in the south, the lands and vines of Washington and Oregon are mere fledglings in the wine history of the USA. California has a long and illustrious history in winemaking, going back all the way to the Spanish conquistadors and the missionaries who came with them to help with administrative duties (since most soldiers did not read or write), convert the natives, and in the process create a healthy and illustrious wine culture. Be that as it may, the quality of wines in the Pacific Northwest is quite remarkable, particularly when it comes to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris in Oregon, Merlot, Syrah, and Riesling in Washington state. Both states share the 45 parallel with the great wines of Burgundy, Piedmont, and the northern Rhone (Michigan also), and this influenced the grape varieties chosen for viticulture to make a difference in these areas. Come try two whites and three reds from this beautiful lands. Register online 48 hours in advance.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Voice Department Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by U-M voice students.
6:45 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Sept. 16: British Pantry & Tea Garden Café (Tecumseh) representative Rochelle Bird discusses "Tea as a Healthy Beverage." Oct. 21: Advanced master gardener Cheryl English discusses the "Culture and Care of Clematis."
7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jessica Young: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M creative writing grad reads from Alice's Sister, her debut poetry collection that draws on Lewis Carroll's work to reimagine Alice's older sister Mary and the trouble she faces. It "takes us so far beyond the looking glass, it's a reluctant surprise to return to the world upon putting it down," says popular local writer Laura Kasischke. "Although this collection has some of a fiction's best elements, this is song." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Monday Funnies Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 30: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986). Comedy about a mischievous teen's adventures when he skips school. Matthew Broderick.

Oct. 7: Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens.

Oct. 14: Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Outrageously irreverent, hilarious parody of Arthurian tales. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones.

Oct. 21: Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974). Hilarious burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman.

Oct. 28: Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004). Comedy about a zombie invasion.

Nov. 4: The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980). Popular John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd comedy that features musical performances by Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and other blues and R&B luminaries.

Nov. 11: Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011). Romantic comedy about a woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph.

Nov. 18: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967). Landmark seriocomedy about a naive young man at loose ends after graduating from college. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.

Nov. 25: This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984). Pitch-perfect mockumentary about a fictional English hard-rock band. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.

Dec. 2: Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003). A warm, big-hearted romantic comedy about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened, boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nightly, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson.

7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sara Paretsky: Nicola's Books.

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This popular award-winning Chicago-based mystery writer discusses Critical Mass, the latest novel in her V.I. Warshawski series about a tough female detective. This time, Warshawski is dragged into a plot of lies and secrets whose origins go back to the race to develop the first atomic bomb. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Fiction writer Jamie Ford, author of the bestselling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, discusses his highly anticipated 2nd novel, a powerful tale, set in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, about a 12-year-old Chinese American boy who escapes from an orphanage to search for a movie actress he is convinced is his mother.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Classic Martini Lab: Tammy's Tastings.

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Shaken or stirred? Bone dry or old school "wet"? In this class we'll take a close up look at that iconic cocktail, the gin martini. We'll taste examples of a variety of gins and vermouths and test out proportions and mixing methods. Then you'll have some time to play, mixing and matching to build your perfect martini.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45 in advance, $55 at the door. 734-276-3215. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Ensemble: EMU Music Department.

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Donald Babcock directs this music student ensemble in a variety of spicy charts.
7:30 p.m., EMU Student Center auditorium, 900 Oakwood (between Washtenaw & N. Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255. [map]

 7:30 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. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stamp Auction: Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Auction of club-owned U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, and stamp supplies.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Native Bees and Honey Bees: Their Ecology and Pollination of Native Plants and Crops": Michigan Botanical Club/Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Talk by MSU entomologist Julianna Wilson.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding the AAWA Website": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Local artist Dee Overly discusses the AAWA website, blog, juried and non-juried exhibits, and how to use Facebook to keep up with club activities.
7:30 p.m., 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Della Mae: The Ark.

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Boston-based acoustic all-female quintet whose music is a gritty, buoyant brand of bluegrass-based pop-folk, and whose songs range from exploration of urban independence and adventure to timeless themes of love and loss.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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