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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 24, 2013






 
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"One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das": Michigan Theater.

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(Jeremy Frindel, 2012). Documentary about the renowned spiritual teacher and chant master and his early life as an American rock 'n' roller and drug addict.
Time TBA, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30-11 a.m. 

Little Hands Explorer Play Day: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Is your little one curious about the world around them? Then bring your budding explorer to our Little Hands Explorers Play Day! This one-day session gives you an opportunity to try out our new class! Every week your child age 18 to 36 months and a parent (or caregiver) will have a hands on play date with science. Potential experiments include Exploding Color Bubbles, Fun with Light, Sink and Float, Textures, and much more! Come dressed in clothes that can get a bit messy or bring a smock. Children will have open time to play with their fellow scientist, read a book, and eat a snack too.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $15 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

2-Day Professional Conference: A Developmental Approach to Autism: The P.L.A.Y. Project.

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For parents and professionals
Discover how to put P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) into action and make the most out of every interaction!
Learn practical methods for engaging young children with autism through an in-depth analysis of P.L.A.Y. methods using video case studies, small group discussion, and expert assessment by Dr. Solomon and team.
12.5 CEUs are available for professionals.
Early Bird and group rates also available.
www.playproject.org
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Ave. $150-$275. 734-585-5333. info@playproject.org Online Registration: http://playprofessionalconference-october2013.eventbrite.com/ [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Exploring Different Asian Cuisines": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A speaker TBA demonstrates the spices, herbs, and aromatics that are the hallmark of different Asian cuisines. Taste samples, recipes.
10 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Laugh or Cry, It's Politics: Politics in the Arts": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 24-Dec. 5. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Oct. 24: Former U-M Institute of Gerontology director Richard Adelman discusses "Opera and Politics as Bedfellows."

Oct. 31: UMMA director Joseph Rosa on "The Art of Collecting: A Political Investment."

Nov. 7: U-M Dearborn English professor emeritus Lawrence Berkove on "The Two Faces of Mark Twain: Humor and Tragedy."

Nov. 14: U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society members present a lecture-demo on "Political Humor in Gilbert and Sullivan."

Nov. 21: U-M English and film professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg on "Making Fun of the Tragic: The Satire of Politics in Film."

Dec. 5: Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the widely syndicated comic strip "Frazz, on "Laughing and Thinking."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories to kids age 6 & under. Themes include Dora the Explorer (Oct. 15), Love (Oct. 17), Bats (Oct. 22 & 24), and Halloween (Oct. 29 & 31).
10:30 a.m. (Thurs.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 Noon-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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 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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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Entertainment by local and visiting performers. Oct. 3: Traditional, original, and Latin jazz by the Edie Herrold Trio. Oct. 10: Folk music of the 60s by the Folk Revival Band, the duo of twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits (who are best known as the children's duo Gemini). Oct. 17: U-M music majors. Oct. 24: Classical piano by Paul Skripnik. Oct. 31: Indian classical music by Rajeeb Chakraborty.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs. Lectures by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: Northwestern University history professor Amy Stanley on "A Maidservant's Tale: Japanese History and the Early Modern World." Oct. 10: Global Water Japan president Kazunari Yoshimura on "A General Overview of Global Water Issues: Current Water Concerns and the U.S.-Japan Relationship." Oct. 17: Boston University Japanese and comparative literature professor J. Keith Vincent on "'Out Gays' or 'Shameless Gays'? What Gets Lost and What Is Gained When U.S. Queer Theory is Translated into Japanese?" Oct. 24: Toshio Iizuka, a former member of the 1960s radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro, discusses his experiences with the collective with U-M film professor Markus Nornes. Oct. 31: U-M art & design professor Robert Platt on "The Phantom Hut: Landsape Appreciation and Hermetic Tendencies in Japan and the West."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 936-7621. [map]
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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"What's in a Hopi Name?": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Talk by American Museum of Natural History (NYC) Graduate School anthropology professor Peter Whitely.
12:30-2 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, room 1022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
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 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Also, fairy stories and readings. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required. 665-2757. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: WomanSafeHealth.

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Thursday, October 24, 4:00-5:00 PM
You are invited to meet Dr. Elizabeth and other staff, tour the WomanSafeHealth office and have your questions answered. This monthly opportunity also includes complimentary refreshments and a chance to privately meet any of the practitioners present. There will also be a free acupuncture demo with Stephanie Macey, RN, MSOM.
Please call 734-477-5100 or email us at info@womansafehealth.com with any questions.
WomanSafeHealth, 2340 E. Stadium Blvd. Suite #8. Free. 734-477-5115. info@womansafehealth.com www.womansafehealth.com [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Feminism and the Politics of Welfare": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talk by Queens College history professor Premilla Nadasen.
4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Global Climate Crisis: Will International Cooperation Be Effective?": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Lecture by University of California international relations professor David Victor.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Welcome to Narnia": Saline District Library.

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Oct. 23 & 24. Kids in grades 1-5 invited for games and crafts inspired by C.S. Lewis's fantastical parallel world. Refreshments. Pick one session.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:45-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 14 & 15) & Oct. 5 & 19. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
4:45-6:15 p.m. (except Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon and Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-noon), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.
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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, & 24. Readings by poets and writers. Oct. 3: Poetry reading by Ken Chen and Ravi Shankar. Chen is a Brooklyn-based poet and lawyer whose debut poetry collection, Juvenalia, won the 2009 Yale Series of Younger Poets award. The book chronicles his relationship with his immigrant family and his attempts to recapture his youth through poems noted for their urgent, wry, and exhilarating voice. Shankar, a writing professor at Central Connecticut State College, is the award-winning author of the collections Instrumentality and Deepening Groove. "Shankar is that breed of formalist who refuses to disdain experimental verse. . . . [I]t's chemically absorbed into his love of symmetry and classical sensibility," writes fellow poet Djelloul Marbrook. Oct. 10: NYC-based fiction writer and critic Dale Peck, most widely known for his blistering reviews of contemporary books by fellow authors. His literary criticism is collected in his book Hatchet Jobs. In his novels, including Martin and John, The Law of Enclosures, and Now It's Time to Say Goodbye, Peck thoughtfully explores issues of identity and sexuality. Oct. 17: Fiction writer Christopher Castellani, author of the three critically acclaimed novels A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and the 2013 All This Talk of Love. All three novels follow the Grassos family, from their experiences as rural Italians during WWII, to their immigration to America in the 1950s, to their intergenerational struggle with identity as Italian-Americans. The books are "a series of novels that with their mellifluous, gently satirical style and dark, elegiac heart, form something of an opera buffa of the immigrant experience," writes a New York Times reviewer. Oct. 24: Asheville-based writer and U-M alumna Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Swan Thieves and the bestselling novel The Historian, about a woman's quest for the inspiration behind the Dracula tales.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. Talks by visiting artists. Oct. 3: Industrial designer Mark Dziersk on "Design Thinking, Creativity, and Risk." Oct. 10: Tribute to U-M art & design grad Mike Kelley, a Detroit-born California-based artist who, before his death, had begun work on a life-size replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home, which now resides at MOCAD. Mike Kelley Foundation executive director Mary Clare Stevens gives a talk and shows videos that document Kelley's last project. Oct. 17: Engineer, designer, and hacker Salvatore Iaconesi, principal of Art is Open Source, gives a talk on "The Mirror and the Source." Oct. 24: New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly on "What's So Funny about Humor?" Oct. 31: Singer and performer Joseph Keckler on "I, as an Opera."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Daddy-Daughter Dance: Saline Community Education.

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Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers welcome to escort daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and sisters to this dance. Fee includes a gift bag for each girl, photographs, and refreshments.
6-7:30 p.m., Saline High School Commons, 1300 Campus Pkwy. (off Industrial, north from E. Michigan), Saline. $25 per pair (each additional girl, $5). Preregistration required. 429-8020. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Steel Cities: photography exhibition opening: Argus Museum.

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Steel Cities is an ongoing project exploring the work places people once worked and the towns of the industrial East and Midwest by artist and educator, Deborah Kingery. The gelatin silver prints attempt to address the questions of loss, recovery from loss, and the collective transformation of both the industrial base and its inhabitants. How do we inform what we lose and transform? How do the ways in which Americans reclaim what is lost, speak to the collective consciousness of Americans? Exhibited are five Steel cities, Trenton, Michigan; Bethlehem and Homestead, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio and Gary, Indiana.
Argus Museum, 525 West William. Free. Donation. 734-769-0770. cchidester@onealconstruction.com [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Sushi 101: Sur La Table.

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Are you a sushi lover? Sushi is about subtle combinations kept simple: seasoned rice, seasonal fish at peak flavor, slightly roasted seaweed and just a hint of flavoring from sauces and condiments. Learn the art of hand rolling and then how to select fish to best present its freshness in sushi. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be prepared to make great sushi at home whenever your sushi craving arrives. MENU: Sushi Rice - California Rolls - Spicy Tuna Rolls - Vegetable Hand Rolls, to register visit www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw County Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care meeting: Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care.

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Anyone interested in making a difference for youth and families in foster care are welcome to join us for education, networking and refreshments.
WHAT IS THE FAITH COMMUNITIES COALITION ON FOSTER CARE?

The Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care is a growing grass roots collaboration that provides a catalyst to educate and motivate congregations to engage in at least one project that will support the foster children, foster families and aging out youth in Michigan.
First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 497-7396. katieepage@yahoo.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Eye of Minds": Nicola's Books.

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Best-selling young adult novelist James Dashner discusses the first novel in his new trilogy set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond one's wildest dreams. Signing.
6:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs., except Thanksgiving. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Candle light Yin Yoga/ Hatha Yoga with Joy Van Bael: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts yoga studio offers a smaller class size, giving more attention to each individual student. Pre-registration is required for the 4 week class to ensure a space is available for you and your lovely mat. Extra mats available if you need to borrow one. The series will feature Slow Flow Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow Yin Yoga with standing poses, and Yin Yoga with Shiatsu Massage. Each class ends with restorative Yin poses. Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 pm. $60 for 4 classes.
Instructor: Joy Van Bael, CMT, RYT. Joy Van Bael received her training from Eric and Lisa Paskel of the Yoga Shelter. Joy teaches a unique heart centered flow of asanas, bringing inspiration, motivation, and laughter to the room, living up to name (most days), JOY!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts. $60 for 4 classes. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org
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 7-8 p.m. 

Gale Benson and Jessica Ryder: The Mix.

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Thursday 7-8 PM - An acoustic performance (without amplification) of jazz inspired song renderings and improvisation by guitarist Benson and vocalist Ryder.
The Mix, 128 W Michigan, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. 734-961-8704. bennygale@comcast.net http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7diqUHuC4I [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Michael Malis, Piotr Michalowski, & Ken Filiano: 17th Annual Edgefest (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Improvisational jazz by the award-winning composer and Detroit pianist Malis, local reed player Michalowski, and bassist Filiano.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5; $135 Edgepass includes admission to all shows; $50 Sat. pass). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"A Night in Vienna with Mozart and Freud": Jewish Community.

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Local actors perform local psychologist Julie Jaffee Nagel's dramatized conversation between Mozart and Freud, who act out their disagreements about music and other topics. The program includes a performance of Mozart's Sonata in A minor.
7 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $30 (JCC members, $20). 971-0990. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Black Wine Nights": Vinology.

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Oct. 24 & 29. Halloween-themed "blind" tastings of dark wines in black crystal glasses. Paired with food courses. This popular event always sells out.
7-9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. $60. Reservations required. 222-9841. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities: Innovative Strategies and Approaches to Resolving Disputes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Farmington Hills attorney, mediator, and arbitrator Laura Athens, a WSU adjunct law professor
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Martians Over Brooklyn": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 24-27. Tomi Dres directs students in Laurie Bryant's comedy inspired by the infamous 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Theatre radio broadcast. The action plays out in a Brooklyn home where a family is dealing with abandonment by their father.
7 p.m. (Oct. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 27), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south of Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. $10 (students & seniors, $8). 424-4240. [map]
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 7:15-10:30 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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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Oct. 10 & 24. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. The Oct. 24 meeting is followed by a Halloween party & dance.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

John Rybicki: Concordia University.

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Reading by this Detroit poet whose most recent collection, When All the World Is Old, was written in response to the long illness and death of his wife.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Ballroom, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7300. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Lusophone Film Festival: U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Semester-long showcase of contemporary Portuguese language films shown with subtitles. The screenings are preceded by an introduction by a U-M faculty or grad student expert in the country of the film.

Sept. 12: Girimunho (Swirl) (Clarissa Campolina & Helvécio Marins, 2011). Brazilian film about an 81-year-old village woman who tries to create a new life after the death of her husband. Michigan Theater.

Sept. 26: O soma ao redor (Neighboring Sounds) (Kleber Mendonça Fihlo, 2012). When a private security firm is enlisted to protect the residents of an affluent Brazilian seaside community from petty crime, it unleashes the anxieties, resentments, and fears of a society built on violence and repression. UMMA Stern Auditorium.

Oct. 10: Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012). Critically acclaimed, formally daring, drama about an illicit love affair set in the context of Portuguese colonial history. UMMA Auditorium.

Oct. 24: Transeunte (Passerby) (Eryk Rocha, 2010). Entranciinng cinematic poem about a retired, brooding sixty-something man who has lost all ties to life and aimlessly walks the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro unnoticed. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 7: Virgin Margarida (Licinio Azevedo, 2012). Drama, set during the Mozabican Civil War, about a group of urban women taken to a re-education camp, where they are indoctrinated in a self-righteousness creed that scorns individuality and subjectivity and makes male domination an ideological prerogative. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 14: Children's Republic (Flora Gomes, 2011). Bitingly satiric comic allegory about a prosperous and stable small West African country that, following many years of conflict, is populated and governed only by children. Michigan Theater.

Dec. 5: The Great Kilapy (Zeze Gamboa, 2012). Witty, compelling portrait of the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola centered on the story of a crooked but irresistible bon vivant who, on the eve of Angolan independence in 1975, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration. Michigan Theater.

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7:30 p.m., various locations. Free. 764-8164.
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"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of 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., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"The Devil's Wine: A Tasting of TRUE Champagne": The Produce Station.

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Produce Station wine director Jorge Lopez-Chavez leads tastings of French champagne.
7:30-9 p.m., Vellum Restaurant, 209 S. Main. $25. Reservations required at localwineevents.com/events/detail/497619. 663-7848. [map]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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Blackfish Movie Viewing Party: Huron Scuba Snorkel & Adventure Travel.

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Join us for the television network debut on CNN of "BLACKFISH" at Huron Scuba.
This very thought provoking and powerful documentary about the lives of captive killer whales and focuses on "Tilikum" the male Orca from SeaWorld who has killed 3 people while in captivity.
Networking starts at 8pm, documentary starts at 9pm on CNN, discussion to follow.
Contact Melissa or Brian at 248-505-2046 for more info or RSVP.
Huron Scuba, 4816 Jackson Road. Free. 2485052046. brian@huronscuba.com www.huronscuba.com [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Ellen Rowe directs this music student ensemble in the premiere of a new piano concerto by U-M jazz professor Stephen Rush, with Rush on piano. The program also includes works and arrangements by Chuck Owen, Horace Silver, Fred Sturm, and Andrew Hintzen.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Lerner-Filiano-Grassi Trio: 17th Annual Edgefest (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist Marilyn Lerner leads this free jazz trio of NYC bassist Ken Filiano and NYC drummer Lou Grassi, who released the 2010 critically acclaimed album Arm Spread Wide. Influenced by free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor, Lerner possesses a fresh kinetic style that manages to convey restraint and intelligence even during the most spirited of moments. "Lerner has found a pair of enormously simpatico players in Filiano and Grassi. They cover a wide terrain and are not boxed in by the limiting specificities of labels like 'free jazz' and 'piano trio,'" writes an All About Jazz reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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Mason Jennings: The Ark.

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Popular young Minneapolis pop-folk singer-songwriter whose music blends a variety of influences from punk and hip-hop to country blues and Appalachian balladry to north Indian sarod music and roots reggae. His new CD Minnesota is a collection of songs that set his experiences of love and family against the geography of his adoptive home state.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 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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Quinn Dahle: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 24-26. Ann Arbor debut of this young Minnesota-bred, L.A.-based comic known for his sharp-witted, wisecracking storytelling and impeccable timing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Woodwind Chamber Music Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M woodwind majors perform in small ensembles. Program TBA.
8 p.m. U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The UFO Show V (Unidentified Funny Objects): Scary Clowns": Emergent Arts.

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A variety show that features storytelling, songs, and standup comedy. Prizes for those who come in costume. Note: not suitable for children.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $8. emergentarts.com, 985-0875. [map]
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"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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Lark: 17th Annual Edgefest (Kerrytown Concert House).

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This NYC-based improvisational jazz ensemble includes trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist and clarinet player Ingrid Laubrock, drummer Tom Rainey, and the highly regarded Canadian jazz pianist Kris Davis, known for a post-free jazz style that is cerebral yet accessible.
9 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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