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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 28, 2013

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 10-11:30 a.m. 

New! Drop in Play!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little ones ages 0-3 in our cheerful, safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. We will have free coffee for grown-ups and healthy snacks for a small donation.
Offered on alternate Mondays from 10-11:30am. Monday October 14th, October 28th, November 11th, November 25th.
$5 per child
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $5. 734-973-1014. [map]

 1:00 p.m.  Free! 

Prechter Bipolar Research Fund Lecture - "Managing Moods - The Human Computer Interface": University of Michigan Depression Center.

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Please join us for an innovative discussion of the current status of bipolar disorder research, specifically highlighting human-centered computing. HCC is the science of decoding human behavior. A new study from the Prechter Research Fund uses special computer software to analyze speech patterns to see if this can predict mood changes in people with bipolar disorder.
For this year's Lecture, we are pleased to announce Emily Mower Provost, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. She is one of the co-investigators of this new study.
Emily Mower Provost, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan: "Human Behavior Understanding and Engineering: A Partnership"
The Lecture is free and open to the public, but we are asking you to register:
This event is approved for 3.5 CEUs for social workers and psychologists.
University of Michigan Depression Center, 4250 Plymouth Road. Free. 734-763-1440. [map]

 2 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 p.m. 

Sandhill Cranes Gather: Haehnle Sanctuary and Chelsea Merchants Association.

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SANDHILL CRANES GATHER last year there were over 8000 Cranes within 2 hours flying in over our heads!
Every Saturday & Sunday in October & November. The best viewing is End of October Beginning of November. Time: 2:00 pm until dusk. Where: Self guided driving maps are available at any participating shop in Chelsea and Manchester. Tour the flight path of the 40 decorated Sandhill Cranes recycled metal sculptures in and around Chelsea and Manchester. Then check out the beautiful fall colors as you spot the cranes in the farm fields. From 4:00 pm until dusk, join the Jackson Audubon Society members at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, who will answer your crane questions. Come and be a part of natures finest moment. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy our natural surroundings. Spotting scopes are available. Bring your camera and binoculars. Stop in Chelsea to warm up, share all your photographs.
Haehnle Sanctuary, Seymour Rd & Fairlane Dr., Grass Lake, Chelsea. Donation. or

 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]

 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.

 4:45, 6:45, & 9:15 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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ark, Fire and Staff: A literary Analysis of the Qur'anic Accounts of the Young Moses: A Hajja Razia Sharif Sheik lecture from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UM.

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Moses (Musa) is the prophet most mentioned and discussed of the ancient prophets in the Qur'an. In this lecture, Michael Sells offers a detailed analysis of the major episodes in the early life of Musa. The analysis centers on the rhetorical, poetic, and narrative features of Sura 20 (Ta Ha) and Qur'anic passages concerning the role of Umm Musa (the mother of Moses) in receiving a divine inspiration and saving her infant son; Musa's vision of the fire; the divine proclamation he heard when he approached the fire; the signs of the staff-snake and the white-hand that were entrusted to him; and his subsequent duel of words and staffs at the court of Pharaoh.
Michigan League, Michigan Room, 911 N. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265. Free. [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]

 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Holiday Baking Series.

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Do you love to bake? Or are you afraid to bake? Either way these class(es) are for you! New ideas for the experienced baker OR hands-on with full instruction for the novice - either way, we've got you covered! Join us for a three-part holiday baking extravaganza and breathe some NEW life into your repertoire! You will learn some fabulous desserts from a fabulous Pastry Chef that will have your guests talking for weeks to come. All you have to do is come have fun with us in the A2Cooks kitchen AND get yourself ready for the constant barrage of complements you're going to receiving! Full participation. YOU MAKE TAKE 1, 2 OR ALL 3 OF THE CLASSES - THE CHOICE IS YOURS (DISCOUNT FOR TAKING ALL 3)! This class meets on 3 consecutive Mondays (10/28 - Thanksgiving Desserts, 11/4 - Holiday Cookies, 11/11 - The Showstoppers) Register online at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person per class or $210/person for 3-class series. 734-645-1030. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Halloween Party: Saline American Legion.

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All kids invited. Costumes optional.
6-8 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan, Saline. Free. 429-7310. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Yoga for Emotional Balance: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Yoga for emotional balance is a hatha yoga class aimed toward promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. This class is a journey towards self- discovery. Basic yoga postures, philosophy, breath work and relaxation methods are taught to promote grace, flexibility, strength, balance, coping skills and stress reduction. This a gentle, slow moving class appropriate for beginners or those who already have a practice but want to focus more on self-healing, body alignment, and relaxation. Each yoga class is structured to fit the needs of the students. Modifications are provided and encouraged. Healing music and inspirational readings are incorporated into each class.
Yoga for Emotional Balance is a 14-week class that meets on Monday evenings from 6 - 7:30 pm.
Instructor: Barbara Brookens-Harvey
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fith Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. [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 p.m. 

Risotto Workshop: Sur La Table.

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Earning a well-deserved spot on the list of all-time favorite comfort foods, the Italian staple risotto entices with a tempting and rich creaminess. If you consider risotto intimidating, you need only join us to discover the simple yet precise steps to creating a satisfying and delicious risotto. More technique than dish, you'll receive expert instruction on extending risotto's reach as an appetizer, side dish or main course and get tips for substituting ingredients for your own signature creations that will never fail to impress. MENU: Kabocha Squash Risotto with Tuscan Kale with Crispy Pancetta - Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, Walnuts and Sage - Smoked Trout and Leek Risotto, to register visit
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. [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! 

"Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption": Nicola's Books.

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CANTER horse rescue organization founder Jo Anne Normile discusses her memoir about the dark side of horse racing she learned about when she became the owner of a promising racehorse. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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]

 7:30-9:30 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]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"High Rise and Time Share": North American Rock Garden Society.

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Noted Scottish gardener Ian Young discusses how he makes the maximum use of planting space.
7:30-9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 647-7600. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Composers Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Composition majors perform their works.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Escape from Tomorrow": Michigan Theater.

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(Randy Moore, 2013). Surreal horror fantasy, filmed without permission at Disney World, about a middle-aged dad who's on vacation with his family when things start to get dark and twisty.
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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