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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 11, 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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Yoga for Mamas Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga--FREE Intro Class: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 6 months and younger are welcome. Monday morning 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Call or visit website to register. Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Purchase a 10-class pass for Yoga for Mamas during the month of November, and receive a 15% discount!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Veterans Day Celebration: Concordia University.

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A chapel service with performances by the Concordia Choir and the Concordia Wind Ensemble. Followed by a lunch for veterans and "Angels at Gettysburg and the Staff Ride," a dramatic presentation by Concordia arts and sciences dean Robert McCormick, based on Michael Shaara's Civil War novel The Killer Angels.
10:30 a.m., Concordia University, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7391. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chelsea Area Garden Club.

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Sept. 9: Retired DNR environmental educator and natural history interpreter Tom Hodgson presents an illustrated talk on "Wildflowers Through the Seasons."

Oct. 14: Announcement of the club's annual grants to nonprofits and individuals for horticultural-related projects, including Chelsea Community Kitchen and the Intergenerational Garden at the Chelsea Senior Center, and a representative of St. Louis School Tranquility Garden, a 2011 recipient, makes a presentation showing highlights of what it has accomplished with the grant.

Nov. 11: Fraleighs Landscape Nursery nursery manager Dan Sparks-Jackson, an avid birder, discusses "Gardening for the Birds."

Noon, First United Methodist Church, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 426-9112. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity: Artrain and Arts at Michigan.

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Ann Arbor-based Artrain and Arts at Michigan present Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, a rich, reflective exhibition of works by 39 artists representing the vast cultural blend of modern American society at The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan's North Campus from November 7 - November 26. Gallery hours are 12:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday through Friday.
Special Infinite Mirror events are planned for Tuesday, November 12, 2013:
5:00 pm - Public Reception for Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity with special guest Indira Frietas Johnson, exhibition artist, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator.
7:00 pm - Penny W. Stamps Special Lecture featuring Indira Frietas Johnson.
Penny W. Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Presented in association with the Stamps School of Art & Design and the River Gallery
The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center, North Campus, University of Michigan, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Free. 734.747.8300. [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.

 2:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"So You Wanna Write a Novel": U-M American Culture Department.

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Novelists V.V. Ganeshananthan and Peter Ho Davies, both U-M English professors, read from and discuss their work.
2:30-4 p.m., 3463 Mason Hall, 419 S. State. Free. 647-9535. [map]

 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 & 9:45 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 and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Grocery Gap: Unequal Access to Healthy Foods in Southeast Michigan": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Lecture by U-M environmental sociology professor Dorceta Taylor.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-9537. [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]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Making History: An Intellectual Journey into the Hidden Polish Past": U-M Annual Copernicus Lecture.

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Talk by Princeton University history and war & society professor Jan Gross, a renowned and controversial authority on Polish life during the Nazi occupation.
5:30-7 p.m., UMMA Stern auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0351. [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]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. [map]

 6 p.m. 

The Jews on Tin Pan Alley: An Evening of Celebration and Song: Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies program and Jewish Community Impact Fund.

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Take a stroll down Tin Pan Alley while enjoying an evening of musical selections and anecdotes showcasing Jewish contributions to American popular music. Tickets: $18. Register at Sponsored by EMU Jewish Studies and Jewish Community Impact Fund.6 p.m. Strolling reception; 7 p.m. Performance
Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. $18. 734.481.2320. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Restorative Justice: Healing for Victims, Offenders, and Community: Shalom Community Church and Others.

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Fred Van Liew, a former prosecutor who is now a full-time advocate for restorative justice practices, will discuss restorative justice, focusing on Victim-Offender Conferencing, and enlist others to help make this a possibility in Washtenaw County. This practice has the potential of bringing juvenile offenders and their victims together for potential healing. Light refreshments available at 6:00.
To learn more about Fred Van Liew, visit his website at
For more information about this meeting, contact:
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. Donation. [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! 

Perryville: Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Cincinnati Civil War artifact collector and battlefield preservationist Alan Hoeweler discusses the site of Kentucky's largest Civil War battle.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Completing the Circle: From Collecting to Creating": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Folk art collector Kempf Hogan shows and discusses African American story quilts, Southwestern rugs, and his own folk art-inspired needlepoint rugs. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Chruch, 1501 W. Liberty. $5 (members, free). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Gear Night": Trout Unlimited.

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Mystic Outdoors and Scientific Anglers representatives and others discuss the latest in fly-fishing equipment. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by dinner and drinks.
7 p.m., Creekside Bar & Grill grounds, 5827 Jackson Rd. Free (buy your own food & drinks). [map]

 7 p.m. 

"More Than Meets the Eye: Planning for U-M Campuses": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by U-M university planner Susan Dickinson Gott.
7 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $8. 998-9351. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: A Tale of Three Whisk(e)ys: Tammy's Tastings.

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First you'll meet Rye - the American old-timer, he's dry and spicy. Next up - Bourbon, a smooth talker with a fantastic Kentucky accent. And then there's Scotch - one day he's sweet as toffee, the next day he smells like a smoky ashtray - but you love him anyway. All have a role to play in cocktails, and we'll compare and contrast.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 734-276-3215. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

James Blake: University Musical Society.

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This 24-year-old London-based dubstep producer and singer-songwriter, also a classically trained pianist, has gained an international following and widespread critical acclaim for electronically shaped pop songs blending soul, gospel, R&B, and deep bass rhythms. Since emerging in 2009 as a "bedroom" artist who recorded his own spooky, imposing dubstep singles, Blake has released a string of EPs, as well as an eponymous LP whose lavish vocals earned Blake comparisons to Bon Iver vocalist Justin Vernon and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Blake's "pop" sensibility is somewhat avant-garde in its approach, eschewing hooks and choruses and making use of silence, space, and minimalist techniques. Tonight's show features songs from his 2013 album, Overgrown, whose songs contain original, engaging permutations of gospel and R&B styles. "Whether he's making bass-heavy bangers, quiet meditations, or increasingly of late, something in-between, Blake is a modern master of emotional speculation," writes a Pitchfork critic.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $20-$44, in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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]

 7:45-8:45 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]

 8 p.m. 

Trout Fishing in America: The Ark.

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Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are the self-described Arkansas "power duo" known for hilarious lyrics and a sound that is a distinctive melange of R&B, rock, reggae.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by two ballet suites, Mozart's Ballet Music from Idomeneo and Manuel De Falla's evocative gypsy- and flamenco-influenced piece El Amor Brujo. The program also includes Schubert's transcendent and joyful Symphony no. 9 in C major. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]

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