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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 9, 2013






 
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 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Saline Craft Show: Saline Community Education.

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Around 250 vendors sell everything from clothes and jewelry to home décor and holiday gifts. Concessions & bake sale.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline. $4 admission. 429-5922, 429-8020. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

A2 Turkey Trot: Champions for Charity.

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10-km run (9 a.m.) and 5-km run and walk (10 a.m.), and the "Iron Turkey Classic" for those who want to compete in both runs. Also, a kids mile (11 a.m.). Awards.
9 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $28 ("Iron Turkey," $49; kids, $13) by Nov. 7; entry fees after Nov. 7, TBA. Entry forms available at a2turkeytrot.com. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 213-1033. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Goddess Flow: Yoga in Honor of the Divine Feminine: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts invites you to honor your divine female energy in this vinyasa style yoga class that celebrates the Goddess within and around us. Each week, we will move through six posture flows accompanied by music dedicated to the Goddess. Posture flows will be repeated throughout the session so that each yogini can increase her awareness of breath, movement, and body thus moving deeper into her core essence which is divine in nature. Class is held in a warm, supportive environment with inspirational readings, meditation, relaxation and time for reflection incorporated. Some previous yoga experience is recommended. Come celebrate, share and delight in yourself and the Goddess through yoga!
Goddess Flow Yoga class meets on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:15 am.
Class is limited to 10 participants. Please register to reserve your space.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Hanukkah Bazaar: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Nov. 9 & 10. Show and sale of menorahs, candles, dreidels, gelt, toys, gift wrap, and more.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Nov. 9) & 3-7:30 p.m. (Nov. 10), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free admission. 665-4744. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 604-0696 (Apr. 5 & 12 rides), 996-9461 (Apr. 19), 663-5060 (Apr. 26), 546-1047 (May 3), 996-4985 (May 10), 274-6350 (May 17), 604-0696 (May 24), 994-6340 (May 31). [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Sumptuous Table: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Baking Madeleine Cookies": Downtown Home & Garden.

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Cooking demo with local French cuisine guru Brigitte Romero, who also discusses the history of this fabled cookie.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Shopping": Chelsea Merchants 7th Annual Ladies Day.

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Holiday gift sales at shops identified by red & white balloons, as well as a variety of demos and other special events. Wine tasting at various locations for a nominal fee. Also, an artisan market at the Chelsea Depot with 15 area artists.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (many shops stay open until 8 p.m.), downtown Chelsea. Free admission. winewomenshopping.com. 433-0595.
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Nov. 2: Physics professor James Wells on "Weighty Thoughts on the Origin of Mass." Nov. 9: Physics professor David Lubensky on "Making the Chicken from the Egg: A Physicist's View of Animal Development." Nov. 16: Physics professor Jeffrey McMahon on "Mapping the Beginning of the Universe." Nov. 23: Astronomy fellow Rubens Reis on "Seeing the Unseeable: Black Holes and Revelation."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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

Storytime & Pete the Cat: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. On Nov. 9 only, story time is followed at 11:30 a.m. by a visit from Pete the Cat.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cooking Up a Comet": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Festival de Otoño": Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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All kids and their parents invited for a fall festival of games, activities, stories, and finger plays centered around the fall traditions of Latin and Hispanic cultures.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

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

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

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

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Afternoon or evening time TBA 

U-M Football vs. Nebraska.

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Time TBA, Michigan Stadium. Ticket price TBA at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/michigan-football-tickets. 764-0247.
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Hand Balance (Hand & Headstands): A2 Aviary.

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This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m. 

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Washtenaw County Chapter support group Meeting: National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.

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The local Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind promotes the security, equality and opportunity of all blind persons. With the right training and opportunity blind people can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. It is respectable to be blind. Blindness is just another physical characteristic or nuisance. Blind people speak for themselves and serve as mentors for each other. Blind people of any age are welcome from children through seniors. The primary focus of the National Federation of the Blind, both on the national and local level is to change what it means to be blind through advocacy. We are not primarily a social organization, although social events occur in the context of our advocacy work. Examples of our advocacy might include assisting a blind student to receive Braille instruction or assisting a blind person who is experiencing discrimination in regards to employment due to blindness. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Business Meeting at 1:00.
Pizza Pinos Restaurant, 221 W. Liberty 48104. Donation. Terri Wilcox (734) 663-4050. trising@sbcglobal.net [map]
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 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Gypsy Pond Music": Digital Music Ensemble (U-M School of Music).

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Nov. 4-10. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth" that amplifies, combines, and manipulates natural sounds in and around the pond. A remote-control toy boat traverses a 40-foot-square wooden maze that floats in the pond, triggering sounds, lights, and video loops. Rush says "the music is techno-ambient in nature--it sure ain't Gramma's Mahler!" This year's production features sensors that detect the pulse of visitors and coordinate the music and lights to that pulse.
Noon-9 p.m., U-M Music School pond, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 12:55-4:30 p.m. 

"Tosca": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's impassioned opera, a melodrama about a diva who kills for love that features some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias. Stars Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, and George Gagnidze. Italian, subtitles. The broadcast is reprised on tape Nov. 13.
12:55 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Nov. 9) & 6:30-10 p.m. (Nov. 13), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 1, 6:30, & 9 p.m. 

20th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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3 days of Polish films shown in Polish, with subtitles.

Nov. 8: "Imagine" (Andrzej Jakimowski, 2013). A blind teacher breaks the rules to help a student rediscover the pleasures of life. 7 p.m. "Suspiciously in Love" (Slawomir Krynski, 2013). Romantic comedy of errors about two shy people who strike up a relationship online. When it comes to meeting face-to-face, they each send an attractive surrogate to a hotel where a gang of thieves is hunting for a collection of diamonds. 9:15 p.m.

Nov. 9: Documentary shorts. FREE, 1 p.m. "Loving" (Slawomir Fabicki, 2012). Drama about a seemingly perfect couple whose relationship is put to the test when the wife is raped by the town mayor. 6:30 p.m. "In the Name of" (Malgorzata Szumowska, 2012). Drama about a small-town priest whose authority is compromised by his relationship with an eccentric, silent young man. 9 p.m.

Nov. 10: "The Red Button" (Ewa Pieta & Miroslaw Grubek, 2012). Documentary about a Cold War Russian officer who averted an atomic war by bravely ignoring protocol. FREE, 11 a.m. "The Closed Circuit" (Ryszard Bugajski, 2013). Political thriller, set in contemporary Poland, about high-flying entrepreneurs who fall victim to the machinations of powerful and corrupt leaders. Followed by discussion with director Bugajski. 12:15 p.m.

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Different times, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty. $10 (students with ID & seniors, $6) per film, except as noted. 913-1013. [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

Flexibility (Intro to Contortion): A2 Aviary.

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This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 9 & 10. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Time Travel with Typewriters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local literary journal harlequin creature editor Meghan Forbes displays her collection of typewriters for adults and youth in grade 4 & up to explore how they may have created a story a century ago. Materials provided.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Empowerment Drumming": U-M Turner Geriatrics Center.

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All seniors invited to join music and health consultant Dianne Baker for drumming to relieve stress, improve your mood, and meet new people. Drums provided.
1-2 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

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The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

National Novel Writing Month Write-In: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to work on their novel for this nonprofit promotion (also known as NaNoWriMo) challenging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
2-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 & 8 p.m. 

"Florodora": Comic Opera Guild.

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This veteran local company presents a concert-style production, with duo piano accompaniment, of Leslie Stuart, Ernest Boyd-Jones, and Paul Rubens' Edwardian musical comedy, one of the first Broadway hits of the 20th century. The action is a series of romantic subterfuges that moves from a perfume factory in the Philippines to a castle in Wales and ends with three weddings that sort things out. The score includes the famous double sextet "Are There Any More at Home Like You?" along with traditional waltzes and quirky dance numbers.
2 & 8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 (seniors, $12; WCC students, faculty, & staff, free) in advance and at the door. 973-3264. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pocket Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to get some tips on telling good stories and do a craft to help them remember what they've learned.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat.All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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Group meets at the Pierce Park picnic shelter in the summer months.


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

U-M Graduate Percussion Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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This music student ensemble performs Eriksson's Forest of Hands, Andreasson's Tinplay, Psathas' Kyoto, Xenakis' Okho, Hollinden's Release, and the world premiere of Marc Mellits' Gravity.
4 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"12 Years a Slave": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch. A selection of classic Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig et al.
Various times, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticket web.com and at the door. michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]
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 6:45 p.m. 

Kirchweihfest: Ann Arbor Schwaben Verein.

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This annual fall festival features a German dinner followed by dancing to German polkas and other dance music by Linda Lee & the Golden-Aires, the house band at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth.
6:45-10:30 p.m., UAW Local 892 Hall, 601 Woodland, Saline. Tickets $25 (includes dinner & beverages) in advance and (if available) at the door. Reservations required by calling John Jarvis (954-0281), Art French (662-4964), or Walt Hahn (353-9229). [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Omar Sosa: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This internationally hailed Cuban pianist-composer-bandleader is known for his innovative sound, a blend of jazz, Afro-Cuban music, classical, rap, and hip-hop. Sosa is an "uncompromising artist who does his own thing, regardless of trends," writes an All About Jazz critic. Before moving to San Francisco in 1995, he lived in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, where he immersed himself in the region's folkloric and African musical heritage, including the marimba tradition. His 2013 album, Eggun: The Afric-Lectric Experience, pays tribute to Miles Davis' seminal work, Kind of Blue, through original jazz songs-shaped by African musical influences and the expressive use of electronic elements-that capture the spirit, if not the sound, of Davis' album. With drummer-vocalist Marque Gilmore, electric bassist and m'bira player Childo Tomas, tenor saxophonist and flautist Peter Apfelbaum, trumpeter Joo Kraus, and alto saxophonist-flautist-vocalist Leandro Saint-Hill.
7 & 9 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Rick Thum.

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Performance by this nationally known hammered dulcimer player and singer who was named the most influential dulcimer player of the last decade by readers of Dulcimer Player News. His latest CD, Down the Old Dirt Road, is a collection of old-time tunes and folk-style originals. Followed by an open acoustic jam.
7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. $10 at the door only. 663-7974. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play": EMU Theater Department.

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Nov. 8-10. Lee Stille directs a staged reading of award-winning local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's new play, set in late-18th-century Bavaria, about the relationship between a gravedigger and the hideously scarred man he finds hiding in a fresh grave. For audiences age 13 & older.
7 p.m. (Nov. 8 & 9) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 10), Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), EMU campus, Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-1221.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Loving Demise of Lord Blackwell and His Wife": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 7-9. Ellen Sachs directs U-M students in Milena Westarb's murder mystery farce about a widow determined to get her hands on the fortune of her late husband's nephew.
7 p.m. (Nov. 7-9) & 11 p.m. (Nov. 8), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Charlotte's Web": Saline Community Education Youth Theater Guild.

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Nov. 8 & 9. Young local actors present a theatrical adaptation of E.B. White's beloved children's story about the friendship between a farm pig and a barn spider.
7:30 p.m., Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $5. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Parade": Skyline High School.

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Nov. 8-10. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's Tony-winning 1998 musical, a tragic tale based on the notorious lynching of a Jewish factory manager accused of rape and murder in 1913 Georgia, a case that sparked both the revival of the KKK and the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. Not recommended for small children.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) in advance (beginning Oct. 30) at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-6515. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Insanity of Mary Girard": Huron High School Players.

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Nov. 8, 9, 15, & 16. Students present Lanie Robertson's drama about an 18th-century woman whose husband has her declared legally insane after she becomes pregnant by another man. In the asylum, furies dance around her and impersonate people from her past.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Little Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (students, seniors, & HHS staff; $6). 994-2095. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance.

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some Israeli couples dancing. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by an Israeli couples dance lesson ($5).
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). 408-1829, 649-6426. [map]
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 8-10:30 p.m. 

Ballroom Dancing Night: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation Department.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music from the last several decades. Singles and couples invited. Refreshments. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Recreation Hall, S. State at Ellsworth. $10. 822-2120.
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 8 p.m. 

Bliss!: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Enter the Haggis: The Ark.

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Popular young Toronto quintet whose music is a rousing, raucous blend of Scottish and Canadian Celtic music with rock, bluegrass, Caribbean, and world music. Instrumentation includes fiddle, bagpipes, tin whistle, guitars, keyboards, and drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance 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. 

Steve Lehman Octet: University Musical Society.

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The widely acclaimed New York alto saxophonist and visionary composer Lehman, whose compositions for orchestras and chamber ensembles have been performed internationally, is known for his intense improvisation and innovative, cerebral music fusing hard bop melodies with audacious, off-kilter rhythmic structures. The New York Times named his octet's 2009 album, Travail, Transformation & Flow, the best jazz/pop album of the year, and described it as "a blast of urban futurism at once hypnotic, kinetic, and kaleidoscopic. And funky." The octet includes tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, vibraphonist Chris Dingman, bassist Drew Gress, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, trombonist Tim Albright, tubaist Jose Davila, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.
8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. $25-$35, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m. 

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

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

"A Night of Premieres": U-M Women's Glee Club.

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Jaclyn Johnson directs this ensemble of nonmusic majors in a program of new works, including the world premiere of 6 works written specifically for the glee club. The choir is joined by the Ann Arbor Youth Choral and the Huron High School Bel Canto Choir for part of the performance.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 (students, $5) in advance by emailing wgctickets.umich.edu, or at the door. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Hollywood and Hyde": Emergent Arts.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 7-22. This local theater company presents Tim Henning's new dark comedy, a modern retelling of Jekyll and Hyde in which Jekyll is a bitter out-of-work Hollywood actor whose closest confidante has begun to notice strange and violent happenings surrounding him. Cast: Larry Rusinsky, Cyd Heed, Tony Putman, Randolph Fitzpatrick, Eric Bloch, Paul Bianchi, David Kleitch, and Ari Litman-Weinberg. Note: The Nov. 23 performance has been cancelled.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $15 (students with ID and seniors, $12). 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Moonglow": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Nov. 7-10. Cassie Mann directs Royal Oak playwright Kim Carney's comic drama about a tough-as-nails spitfire being moved into an assisted living facility. Determined not to go quietly, she raises a ruckus and changes the way her daughter views life. Cast: Nancy Heusel, Dave Keren, Laurie Atwood, Carl Hanna, Julie Landry, Katie Parzych, and Matt Berdahl.
8 p.m. (Nov. 7-9) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 10), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org and by phone; and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 8 & 11 p.m. 

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)": U-M Residential College Players.

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Nov. 8 & 9. A trio of RC students perform the Reduced Shakespeare Company's acclaimed 97-minute transformation of Shakespeare's 37 plays into a fast-paced, hilarious, and outrageously irreverent blend of Marx Brothers-style absurdity and Three Stooges slapstick.
8 p.m. (Dec. 8 & 9), Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University, & 11 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 763-0176. [map]
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