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Friday, October 25, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered": U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Oct. 25 & 26. Scholars from the U.S., China, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand present talks on the varied aspects of socialist cultural activity in 20th-century China.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Alumni Center Founders Room, 200 Fletcher. Free. 764-6308. [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.-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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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Open Access Discussion with Mike Buschman": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Plum Analytics cofounder Buschman discusses the issues surrounding public access to scholarly research.
10-11:30 a.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

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

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Join us as we take Bittman's approach directly to the kitchen. Learn by example and hands-on as we explore basic techniques in three sessions, covering grains, meat and seafood. We'll go over useful information like general techniques, how to choose cuts of meat and seafood, and various practical tips for recognizing doneness, adjusting seasoning and ultimately trusting your instincts. As a special bonus, you'll go home with a copy of Bittman's How to Cook Everything: The Basics
*This is part of a three class series dates are 10/11, 10/18 & 10/25*
Register online at www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $169.96 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit: Movement City": U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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A daylong symposium that culminates at 6 p.m. in a screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Boggs' documentary about her 70 years as an activist in Detroit.
Noon-6 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-5513. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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

"Iris Folding Card Craft": Dexter District Library.

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Local origami instructor Helen O'Toole shows how to make cards using the iris folding technique. Themes are fall (Sept. 17) and Halloween (Oct. 25).
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Once upon a Time": Jewish Community.

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The award-winning local children's theater Wild Swan Theater presents an excerpt from its collection of dramatized children's classics.
1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5. 971-0990. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Colloquium Series: U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Oct. 23 & 25. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 23: Brown University East Asian studies professor Hye-Sook Wang on "Korean (Language) Studies in U.S. Higher Education." Oct. 25: Columbia University Korean studies professor Charles Armstrong on "Everlasting Fraternal Friendship: North Korea and the End of Communism."
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute (Oct. 23), 1080 South University and Michigan League Henderson Room (Oct. 25). Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 2 & 25. Lectures by visiting scholars. Oct. 2: Center for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST) director D. Damodaran Nampoothiri on "Addressing Under-Representation in the Time of Globalization: A Kerala Experience in Affirmative Action." Oct. 25: Union College anthropology professor Jeffrey Witsoe on "Theorizing Lower Caste Politics: A View from Bihar."
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 4:15 p.m. 

Little Kids Yoga: Samsara Wellness Center.

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

"In a World…": Michigan Theater.

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(Lake Bell, 2013). Comedy about an underachieving vocal coach who's motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voiceovers, to become a voiceover star.
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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 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! 

2013 Argus Collectors Group Ann Arbor Fall Conference: Argus Museum and the Argus Collectors Group.

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The conference kicks off Thursday, October 24th with the opening of Deborah Kingery's photography exhibition "Steel Cities". A tailgate party is scheduled for Friday. October 25th, 5-6:30 pm followed by a joint presentation given by Ann Arbor historian and author, Grace Shackman and Argus collector, historian and author, Bob Kelly. Their talk will focus on the WWII Era. The weekend's schedule includes a presentation by photographer Deborah Kingery, demonstrations, a round-table discussion with collectors, photographers and former Argus employees, as well as a photograph competition and field trips. For more information, or to register for events, please contact Cheryl at the Argus Museum.
Argus Museum, 525 West William. Free. Donation. 734-769-0770. cchidester@onealconstruction.com [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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

Dancer's Edge Annual Halloween Party!: Dancer's Edge.

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Join us for a spooky, good time!
*Learn fun dances
*Games and prizes
*Halloween storytelling
*Crafts and snacks
$15 before 10/21, $17 after 10/21, $20 at the door.
Register online at: DextersDancersEdge.com or by phone: (734)424-2626
Dancer's Edge, 3045 Broad Street, Dexter. $15. (734)424-2626. dextersdancersedge@yahoo.com www.dextersdancersedge.com [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6:15-7:05 p.m.  Free! 

Halloween Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performances by area freestyle figure skaters.
6:15-7:05 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Argus Collectors Group Fall Conference: Argus Museum.

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. Conference highlighted by a photography exhibit and a talk by local historian Grace Shackman and Argus collector and historian Bob Kelly on the Argus Camera Company during WWII. Call or email for full conference schedule.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Argus Museum, 525 W. William. Free, but donations accepted. cchidester@onealconstruction.com, 769-0770. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Date Night: La Dolce Vita: Sur La Table.

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Infuse the romance of Italy into your cuisine and discover together a world that is renowned for its rustic yet refined cuisine, incorporating simple ingredients that produce incredible, authentic flavors. Savor the abundant flavors and create a sumptuous Tuscan menu. Our instructor will teach you and your special someone the techniques behind these satisfying recipes and relay a few tips on how to make preparation a breeze. MENU: Crostini with Mushrooms and Parmesan - Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Dried Apricot Mostarda - Shaved Fennel and Pecorino Salad - Chocolate-Chianti Cake to registr visit www.surlatable.com *Class Bonus: All students will receive a bottle of Marca Verde L'Italiano 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a $14.95 value.
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Tamworth Woodland Finished Prosciutto": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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La Quercia (Norwalk, Iowa) co-owners Herb and Kathy Eckhouse introduce and offer taste samples of their new prosciutto made from acorn-fed Tamworth pigs.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $40 in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3400. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The World of Little House": Chelsea District Library.

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U-M history professor Michelle McClellan discusses the connections among fiction, history, and landscape in the thriving tourist industry that has grown up around the places where Little House series author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6:45 & 9 p.m. 

"The Summit": Michigan Theater.

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Nick Ryan's 2012 documentary about 11 climbers who mysteriously perished on K2, the world's most dangerous mountain.
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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Halloween Concert: Greenhills School.

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Greenhills students in grades 6-12 host a lively family-oriented variety show featuring theater, music, and surprises.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 205-4057. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Oct. 11 & 25. Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: fiction writers Nathan Go and Dan Hornsby.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Trivia Night: Dexter Band Boosters.

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Teams of 8-10 people attempt to answer general and Dexter-related questions as they compete in six rounds of 10 questions each. Arrive with a team or call to be placed with a group. Prizes.
7 p.m., Dexter Knights of Columbus Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $15 per person. Preregistration required via email to everdeen@juno.com. 424-3404. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Film Series.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ursel Schlicht & Robert Dick: 17th Annual Edgefest (Kerrytown Concert House).

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This duo of German pianist Schlicht and American flautist Dick-both virtuosos who have radically expanded the technical and expressive capabilities of their respective instruments-is known for its unique improvisational style and startling extended techniques to create a sound spanning jazz, new music, and world music. "Flute and piano may sometimes yield a limited, classically tethered palette, but in the hands of Dick and Schlicht, any such shortcomings swiftly succumb under the amount of shared intellect and imagination," writes an All About Jazz reviewer.
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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 7-9 p.m. 

"Art on the Runway": Two Twelve Arts Center.

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Fashion show of wearable art by local artists. Followed by a sale. Dessert, tea, and coffee.
7-9 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events Center, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 944-2787. [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 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Me + You: Love and Other Various Emotions": Nicola's Books.

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Ann Arbor native Anna Bowen discusses her new book of interviews with couples who explain why they've decided to spend their lives together. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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On October 2, 2013, Anna Bowen wrote:

On October 4, 2013, Anna Bowen wrote:
Last summer, Lakisha (Anna) Bowen interviewed couples here in Ann Arbor. These couples told their stories of how they met, what their first impressions of one another were, and ultimately, why they decided to spend their lives together. She compiled these interviews into a heartfelt, touching book about love and commitment.


 7:15-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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

"Christianity and Buddhism: Shared Truths": Center of Light.

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The Noble Eightfold Path and Ethical Conduct:
How are Buddhism and Christianity related? Are Buddhist truths also Christian truths? Is the Buddhist path the same as the mystical paths from other traditions? Explore these questions and topics with Mother Clare Watts, a Christian Mystic and Master Teacher with extensive experience with inner mystical paths. She is visiting Ann Arbor from Santa Fe, New Mexico, bringing her wisdom and message of peace and transformation this weekend. Come with your questions and deepen your understanding of the universality of Truth, whatever tradition it springs from.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Halloween Concert: EMU Symphony Orchestra.

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Kevin Miller conducts this music student orchestra in a program of spooky music for all ages. The audience is invited to come in costume.
7:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8; kids age 12 & under, $6) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and (if available) at the door. 487-1221.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Orchestra & Choir Concert: Huron High School.

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The Huron High Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and A Cappella Choir perform Shostakovich's Sinfonia for String Orchestra and Vivaldi's Gloria.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Free. 994-2096, 997-1900, ext. 37712. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Andras Schiff: University Musical Society.

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One of the best pianists of his generation, Schiff is known for a polished style that combines a joyous sparkle with an intuitive discernment that teases out musical details other pianists miss. Tonight he performs Bach's Goldberg Variations, regarded as the most important set of variations composed during the Baroque period. It displays Bach's extraordinary knowledge of the period's musical styles, and requires virtuoso techniques from the performer. Schiff's performance of these variations in 1985, the Bach tercentenary year, was called "revelatory" by a New York Times reviewer. "Already then, Mr. Schiff had internalized these works so thoroughly, and he played from memory with such spontaneity that it seemed almost as if old Bach himself were making things up on the spot. Mr. Schiff has only deepened his interpretations since."
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $14-$70, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Flute Recital: Alexandra Rodriguez.

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University of Michigan School of Music senior Alexandra Rodriguez presents her final degree recital.
The program will include works by Marais, Jolivet, Clarke, Gillingham, Dyskant-Miller, and will feature fellow SMTD student Darren Lin (percussion).
A small reception will follow the performance.
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr. Free. alexandrar345@gmail.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Gary Versace Trio: 17th Annual Edgefest (Kerrytown Concert House).

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The respected NYC-based improvisational jazz pianist-organist-accordionist Versace leads this trio including trumpeter Ron Miles and drummer Matt Wilson.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Hurray for the Riff Raff and Spirit Family Reunion: The Ark.

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Double bill featuring 2 young bands that were big hits at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. Hurray for the Riff Raff is a New Orleans-based folk-rock band, led by singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, whose songs cover a wide range of musical ground, from soul and classic country to psychedelia and even surf rock. Spirit Family Reunion is a NYC sextet that plays a raucous brand of bluegrass-based folk-rock that, according Paste, is "topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a Mason jar for generations." Opening act is The Deslondes, a New Orleans-based country-soul, R&B, folk and gospel-influenced quintet formerly known as the Tumbleweeds.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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. 

Jeremy Horn: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Contemporary Christian pop-rock singer-songwriter from Memphis, a fixture on Michigan's Smile-FM radio network with hits like "I Will See Angels 'Round Your Throne." He has a new CD, Sound of the Broken.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

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! 

Tom McCartan: Literati Bookstore.

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Performance by this Ypsilanti acoustic folk musician.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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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"Evil Dead: The Musical": Dexter Community Players.

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See review. Local actors present their annual production of this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of Sam Raimi's cult-classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which The New York Times says "cheerfully evokes the 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $15 ("splatter zone," $20). 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.org. [map]
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"Sonnets Onstage": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Series.

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Oct. 25-27. Glenn Bugala directs local actors in a production he created in collaboration with the cast. Composed of contemporary and Elizabethan vignettes, the play borrows Shakespeare's language and draws on improv sessions with the actors. Cast: Patrice Carter, Lisa Coveney, Sanders Hamson, Jean Leverich, Alex Mez, and Mo El Zaatari.
8 p.m. (Oct. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 26 & 27), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. $12 in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [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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Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Oct. 4 & 25. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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Connie Crothers & the Northwoods Improvisers: 17th Annual Edgefest (Kerrytown Concert House).

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A veteran improvisational jazz pianist who studied with the late jazz genius Lennie Tristano, Crothers possesses unlimited imagination and uncompromising intensity. One Jazz Nu reviewer called her "a lioness on the keyboard." She is joined by the acoustic ensemble Northwoods Improvisers, whose music is a soulful, rhythmically propulsive improvised jazz fusion. Members include flutist and bass clarinetist Mike Carey, saxophonist Skeeter Shelton, vibes player Mike Gilmore, bassist and flutist Mike Johnson, and percussionist Nick Ashton.
9 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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